Chisenhall launched a home run in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Twins -- one day after being activated from the 60-day disabled list. It was his first big league action since having his right forearm fractured by a pitch from Baltimore's Troy Patton on June 29.
"It's nice to see him back," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I wasn't expecting to see him this year after I saw the X-rays and the magnitude of the injury. But he worked really hard. He really wanted to beat all the odds and come back."
Chisenhall, 23, was shelved for a little more than two months after spending just 24 games with the Tribe between May and June. The timing of the third baseman's injury was unfortunate, considering he was hitting at a .367 clip over 10 games before being hit by the ill-fated pitch.
His return has the Indians encouraged, though.
Following a brief Minor League rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus, and then Double-A Akron in postseason play, Chisenhall went 1-for-3 with the home run and a walk in his first game back with the Indians.
"He looked really good," Acta said. "Despite not having that many at-bats, he had a very good walk and hit that home run. The most important thing is we're going to have enough games to see him play in September."
Chisenhall, who is hitting .280 with four homers and 10 RBIs through 25 games, will likely be back in the starting lineup on Wednesday, followed by a day off on Thursday. Over the final three weeks of the season, Cleveland will try to work Chisenhall into the lineup roughly five times per week, according to Acta.
After this season, Chisenhall will most likely play winter ball in the Dominican Republic with Tigres del Licey.
"Lonnie's an important guy for our future," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "So to get him back and playing in Major League games this year is a great step. Hopefully he can take advantage of the time in front of him before he heads off to winter ball to get some additional at-bats."