CLEVELAND -- Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who has been out for two months with a broken right forearm, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday. Chisenhall hasn't played since being hit by Baltimore reliever Troy Patton on June 29. The Indians hoped he would only miss four to six weeks, but surgery revealed the damage was more extensive than originally thought. Chisenhall, the Indians' No. 1 draft pick in 2008, was called up from Triple-A Columbus on June 1. He's batting .278 with three homers and nine RBIs in 24 games. He homered in his first at-bat for the Indans this season against Minnesota.
Manager Manny Acta said Chisenhall will play five innings at third base for Columbus on Sunday. He will be designated hitter and play seven innings Monday. Chisenhall will then join Double-A Akron, which is in the Eastern League playoffs. The goal is for Chisenhall to play nine innings at third for a couple of games before he rejoins the Indians. "Obviously, he hasn't been on the field for a while," Acta said. "He needs to work on his fielding, but this is mostly about hitting, timing and strength."