Chisenhall proving himself for next season

Chisenhall proving himself for next season

CLEVELAND -- The Indians can't really afford to enter the offseason with major question marks at both corner infield spots, and Lonnie Chisenhall is doing his part to provide a few answers of late.

Chisenhall entered Monday with a .311 average and .911 OPS over his previous 11 games. He had four homers, a double and 10 RBIs in that span.

"I know I feel better at the plate," he said. "When you go out there and get your chance, you've got to play well. Fortunately I've been swinging the bat well the last seven to 10 days. I'm happy with the direction I'm headed in right now."

Manny Acta was initially careful to protect Chisenhall, who first came up to the bigs at the end of June to face left-handed pitchers. But a recent injury to Jack Hannahan forced Acta to remove the kid gloves.

"It takes some guys more time," Acta said. "And seeing the lefties helps him. I don't foresee him struggling down the road against lefties. We see him as a good hitter, period, down the road. He has a very good swing. It's short and compact. He's not a guy bailing or leaking out the front side or anything like that. He's got four or five home runs against lefties. We feel he's going to be OK. Sometimes people forget that this guy was in Akron last year. He's only 22 years old. That's only a fifth-year senior in college."

Chisenhall is hitting .245 with a .689 OPS through 58 games.