Lonnie Chisenhall out 8-10 weeks with left calf strain

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Lonnie Chisenhall has played well for the Indians but the problem is he hasn’t played much. Earlier this season he lost a couple months of time with a right calf strain. He played 29 games despite that and has been effective in that short amount of time, hitting .321/.394/.452 in 84 plate appearances, primarily against righties.

Now, however, he’s going to miss most of the rest of the season thanks to a left calf strain. The Indians said today that Chisenhall will miss the next 8-10 weeks as a result. A tough break for both the Indians and for Chisenhall personally, seeing as though he’s poised to be a free agent this winter. Now he won’t be back any earlier than early September and any setbacks could end his season entirely.

Tyler Naquin will take Chisenhall’s at bats against righties and Brandon Guyer will stand in against lefties in the meantime.


Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.