Chisenhall opts for rest over Winter League ball

Chisenhall opts for rest over Winter League ball

Chisenhall opts for rest over Winter League ball
CLEVELAND -- Lonnie Chisenhall is choosing rest and recovery over repetitions. The Indians' third baseman has decided against playing winter ball this offseason in order to let his right forearm fully heal.

Chisenhall wants to make sure he is at full strength for Spring Training.

"I recently backpedaled on that," Chisenhall said of playing in the Dominican Republic this winter. "I feel like it's going to be more beneficial for me to get in the gym. It's a short turnaround to Spring Training next year with the World Baseball Classic, and I just want to make sure my forearm is ready to go next spring.

Chisenhall, 23, entered Saturday's game with 253 plate appearances this season between stints with Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland. The third baseman missed roughly two months after having his forearm fractured by a pitch from Baltimore's Troy Patton on June 29.

On the season, Chisenhall is hitting .275 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 38 games with the Tribe.

In 14 games since rejoining the lineup on Sept. 10, Chisenhall has hit .271 with two home runs and six RBIs for the Indians. It has been a solid finish to his injury-marred season, but Chisenhall noted that his arm has not felt 100 percent in recent weeks.

"I don't feel like I have the pop that I did," he said. "I don't feel like I can do certain things that I could do before the injury, but that should be back before next spring."

Under the circumstances, Chisenhall feels an offseason focused on recovery is more important than getting some extra at-bats in winter ball.

"I feel good with the at-bats," Chisenhall said. "I don't think I'm going to wake up in January and feel like, 'Oh, I didn't get 600 at-bats.' But I could wake up in January and say, 'You know what? I'm still tired.' I just don't want that to be the case. I want to show up to Spring Training 100 percent."