Everett is odd man out as Chisenhall debuts

Everett is odd man out as Chisenhall debuts

PHOENIX -- Lonnie Chisenhall is in the Major Leagues, started at third base and batted seventh on Monday night for the Indians in an Interleague contest against the D-backs at Chase Field. But opening the roster spot for Chisenhall wasn't easy.

The Indians designated utility infielder Adam Everett for assignment.

"It was one of the toughest decisions we had to make," Indians manager Manny Acta said about cutting a player who was hitting .217 in 34 games, but had such a positive effect on the ballclub. "He really did help our younger kids and kept our clubhouse in order in a good way. He's gone through a lot. He's had a lot of years of Major League experience. He's a pro."

Everett, 34, and in his eighth big league season, came to camp as a non-roster player and made the team out of Spring Training. His claim to fame is that he batted .304 (7-for-23) against the Cardinals in the 2005 National League Championship Series, helping the Astros to their only NL pennant. They won that series in six games and were then swept by the White Sox in the World Series. Everett batted .067 (1-for-15) in the Fall Classic.

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If no team picks up Everett within a 10-day period, he can choose to become a free agent or accept a Minor League assignment from the Indians if one is offered. Acta said he hoped there was another Major League fit for Everett out there.

"You know what? I think he's got a lot of baseball left," Acta said. "He did a nice job for us. Unfortunately, we had to make some moves because of the way our offense is going right now. Things happen, but he's a quality backup infielder, who can still play defense wherever you throw him out there."