Donald recalled to replace injured Chisenhall

Donald recalled to replace injured Chisenhall

Donald recalled to replace injured Chisenhall
BALTIMORE -- Jason Donald wishes his return to the big leagues had come under different circumstances, but the Indians infielder plans on doing everything he can to make the most of his unexpected opportunity.

On Saturday, Donald was recalled from Triple-A Columbus after the Indians placed third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured ulna in his right forearm. Chisenhall was set to undergo surgery in Cleveland on Saturday evening and is expected to miss at least four to six weeks.

"It's an unfortunate thing for Lonnie, it really is," Donald said. "You never like to see a guy go down, especially since we're good buddies. It's tough to see that, but at the same time, it's happened to a lot of people. It's happened to me. It's happened to a lot of guys. It's part of the game.

"I'm very happy to be back here and I look forward to contributing."

Chisenhall was hit on the right arm with a pitch from Orioles lefty Troy Patton in the fifth inning of Cleveland's 9-8 loss on Friday night. The 23-year-old third baseman's operation -- aimed at setting the fracture -- will be performed by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic.

As for Donald, he will slide into the same type of role he held earlier this season for the Indians. The 27-year-old utility man will provide depth at second base, shortstop and third base, as well as in left and center field. Donald was optioned to Columbus on May 12 after hitting .178 (8-for-45) overall and .095 (2-for-21) against lefties in 16 games with the Tribe earlier this year.

"He's here to back up the infield and the outfield," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We had him at Triple-A playing some outfield. He played some center field and some left field. Obviously, this is a move that sooner or later we were going to make."

At Columbus, Donald hit .252 with two homers, seven doubles and 18 RBIs in 40 games for the Clippers. He appeared mostly at shortstop (21 games), but bounced around the diamond defensively, mixing in nine games as an outfielder. Donald believes he is now better equipped to handle a reserve role for the Tribe.

Donald said he beat himself up over poor games and added that his daily workout routine was too aggressive on the days he was not in the lineup.

"I didn't handle it very well," Donald said of his previous stint with the Indians. "I didn't take command. I didn't take hold of what that position brought. I let it affect me. I wasn't even-keeled with it. I think this time around, I'm definitely going to try to do things a lot different and try to handle the situation a lot better."