Chisenhall exited Friday's 9-8 loss to the Orioles after being hit on the right arm by a 91-mph fastball from Baltimore lefty Troy Patton. The Indians initially estimated that the 23-year-old third baseman would likely miss between four to six weeks. But that was before Dr. Graham had a chance to take a closer look at the injury.
The forearm injury required an ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation) procedure, which included having Dr. Graham use a plate and screws to stabilize the minimally-displaced fracture. Chisenhall will likely remain in a cast for two weeks before shifting into a splint. A longer recovery period is anticipated, given that the fracture is located close to the wrist.
It was tough news for Cleveland.
"That's a tough one," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Obviously, the doctors know better. Being closer to the joint, it'll take longer. [Soloff] is optimistic that [Chisenhall] will still play at some point this year. But four to six and 10 to 12, that's a totally different story."
Soloff compared the injury to one suffered in 2010 by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who broke his left forearm during an on-field collision with Jhonny Peralta. Cabrera missed two months before returning to the lineup.
Through 24 games for the Indians this season, the Chisenhall has hitting .278 (20-for-72) with three home runs and nine RBIs. He had been heating up of late, posting a .342 (13-for-38) average over his past 13 games.
In Friday's contest, Chisenhall went 1-for-2 with a single and one run scored before exiting.
Chisenhall -- a first-round pick by the Indians in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft -- had been splitting time between third base and designated hitter since being promoted from Triple-A Columbus on May 28. Chisenhall's time at third has been limited since Jack Hannahan returned on June 15 after a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
Soloff does not believe the injury will hurt Chisenhall's future performance.
"We're optimistic that he'll make a full recovery," Soloff said. "Nothing is 100 percent, but the outcomes in cases like this are very strong. He's a hard-working kid."