MINNEAPOLIS -- Lonnie Chisenhall may soon be back with the Indians, perhaps even on the team's current 10-game road trip.
Chisenhall is currently on a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron. But the Aeros face elimination from the Eastern League playoffs on Friday night, as they host Bowie in a two-games-to-none deficit.
Indians manager Manny Acta said there is a good possibility Chisenhall will soon rejoin the club if Akron is eliminated. He could also continue his rehab assignment with Low Class A Lake County, which advanced in the Midwest League playoffs with a 5-4 win over Bowling Green on Thursday.
"There's a chance," Acta said. "We're going to have to make a decision whether we send him over here or play him over there in Lake County. They're in the playoffs."
Chisenhall went 1-for-6 with an RBI and two walks in his first two games with Akron.
Acta said Chisenhall's starts will likely come at a gradual rate when he does return to the Indians. The third baseman has been out since June 30 after a pitch fractured a bone in his right forearm.
"Regardless of how many games he's played over there, he wasn't going to come over here right away after the extent of that injury, and how long he's been out and play every single day," Acta said. "We were going to start him kind of slow. Maybe a couple of games, sit him, a couple of games."