ARLINGTON -- The Indians have searched high and low for any positives that can pulled from the second half. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has been one of the few bright spots of late for the club.
Chisenhall launched a home run in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Twins -- one day after being activated from the 60-day disabled list. It was his first big league action since having his right forearm fractured by a pitch from Baltimore's Troy Patton on June 29.
"It's nice to see him back," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I wasn't expecting to see him this year after I saw the X-rays and the magnitude of the injury. But he worked really hard. He really wanted to beat all the odds and come back."
Chisenhall, 23, was shelved for a little more than two months after spending just 24 games with the Tribe between May and June. The timing of the third baseman's injury was unfortunate, considering he was hitting at a .367 clip over 10 games before being hit by the ill-fated pitch.
His return has the Indians encouraged, though.
Following a brief Minor League rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus, and then Double-A Akron in postseason play, Chisenhall went 1-for-3 with the home run and a walk in his first game back with the Indians.
"He looked really good," Acta said. "Despite not having that many at-bats, he had a very good walk and hit that home run. The most important thing is we're going to have enough games to see him play in September."
Chisenhall, who is hitting .280 with four homers and 10 RBIs through 25 games, will likely be back in the starting lineup on Wednesday, followed by a day off on Thursday. Over the final three weeks of the season, Cleveland will try to work Chisenhall into the lineup roughly five times per week, according to Acta.
After this season, Chisenhall will most likely play winter ball in the Dominican Republic with Tigres del Licey.
"Lonnie's an important guy for our future," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "So to get him back and playing in Major League games this year is a great step. Hopefully he can take advantage of the time in front of him before he heads off to winter ball to get some additional at-bats."
Asdrubal remains out, may miss rest of road trip
ARLINGTON -- The Indians are hopeful that All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will be recovered enough from his right wrist injury to be available before the end of this road trip, but there are no guarantees that will be the case.
"It's still up in the air," Indians manager Manny Acta said.
On Tuesday, Cabrera was out of the lineup for the second straight game due to the right wrist ailment, which has bothered the shortstop off and on all month. Acta noted that Cabrera might be available off the bench for defense for Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
Acta said the hope is that Cabrera will be ready to play by Thursday.
Through 128 games, Cabrera has hit .267 with 14 home runs, 31 doubles and 56 RBIs. The shortstop hit .300 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs in his first 69 games, but has hit just .228 with three homers and 16 RBIs over his last 59 contests.
Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti did not believe the wrist injury was serious enough to threaten Cabrera's season.
"It's something he's battled through," Antonetti said. "Based upon the information we have and all the results, he's not going to do additional damage by playing. It's a question of how much he can tolerate. I think some days it feels better than others. Obviously, we'd like to have him in there as much as we can."
After comments, Perez talks with GM Antonetti
ARLINGTON -- When a player publicly criticizes decisions made by his team's owner and general manager, it will often result in a one-way ticket out of town. The Indians are currently working through a situation along those lines.
Closer Chris Perez made critical comments about the Tribe's front office last week, creating the perception that he wants out of Cleveland. General manager Chris Antonetti, who is in Texas with the team, said perception is not always reality.
"If that's how people are perceiving it," Antonetti said, "or if that's how others are interpreting it, I really can't control that. Ultimately, I have to rely upon the conversations that Chris and I have had since that time. That's what I'll go on."
Antonetti would not delve into the specifics of his discussion with Perez, but it is no secret that members of the front office and ownership group were hardly pleased by the pitcher's remarks.
"I'm not going to get into the details of that," Antonetti said of his conversation with Perez. "Chris would probably tell you that he could've chosen his words differently -- the specifics of his words. But, again, I think it's coming from a bit of frustration that the team hasn't been as successful as we all had hoped, Chris included."
As for possibly looking to trade Perez this winter, Antonetti would only say that the Indians are open-minded to exploring deals for any of their players (Shin-Soo Choo, Justin Masterson, Asdrubal Cabrera and Perez have all been floated in rumors). The GM reiterated that the Tribe's situation is such that no player is untouchable.
"I've said that all along," Antonetti said. "We're not in a position to say any particular player is off limits. Now, that said, all of those guys who have been rumored about at various points in time, they're all still here, right? They're still Cleveland Indians. Just because teams call and ask and express interest doesn't necessarily mean we're going to trade someone."
Alomar recalls being in New York on Sept. 11
ARLINGTON -- Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will never forget the phone call. Inside his New York hotel room, he heard his wife on the other end of the line, frantically telling Alomar to look outside.
Alomar pulled open the curtains and was thrown into a state of confusion and disbelief.
"There were people running in the street. It was like a movie," Alomar recalled. "There were so many people running. I couldn't believe what was going on."
Eleven years ago, Alomar was with the White Sox in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists. It is a horrific day that affected thousands, including Alomar and his Chicago teammates.
The next morning, the White Sox boarded buses and headed back to Chicago.
One moment that sticks out for Alomar is the ride over the George Washington Bridge and out of New York.
"As we were driving out, you could see all the smoke," Alomar said. "We went over the bridge and you could see all the smoke. It was a shocking situation. A lot of guys were feeling shocked. We were all trying to figure out what was going on, what was the cause of it.
"I had no clue. I was just in shock that things like that could happen."
Quote to note
"Our focus is trying to get the most out of every day we play. That needs to be the entirety of the focus for our Major League staff, our front office and our players. Let's get the most out of every day that we have left."
--Indians general manager Chris Antonetti
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, who made a planned visit to Rangers Ballpark, said on Tuesday that he remains confident in Manny Acta's abilities as manager of the Tribe.
"Yes," Antonetti said. "I don't feel any differently than when we've talked earlier."
Antonetti said on Tuesday that right-hander Roberto Hernandez (sprained right ankle) is no longer wearing a protective boot and has been cleared to resume light baseball activities.
The White Sox announced on Tuesday that their Sept. 25 tilt against the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been shifted from 8:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. ET. The change was made out of respect to the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.
Cleveland's Double-A affiliate in Akron opened the Eastern League finals against Trenton on Tuesday night at Canal Park. The Indians' Class A Lake County club was eliminated from the Midwest League playoffs with a loss to Fort Wayne on Monday.