Chisenhall getting a taste of cleanup spot

Chisenhall getting a taste of cleanup spot

Chisenhall getting a taste of cleanup spot
CLEVELAND -- Sandy Alomar Jr. believes third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has the potential to develop into a run producer for the Indians. As the season winds down, Cleveland's interim manager is giving Chisenhall an early audition.

Chisenhall was in the cleanup spot on Sunday for the second game in a row for the Indians. Alomar feels trusting the young third baseman with that role is a good way to give him a boost over the final week.

"I think Chisenhall is going to grow into a role like that," Alomar said. "He's going to become a pretty good hitter. I'm just giving him a spot in the four-hole, and I hope it'll help his confidence build up like the player he's supposed to be."

During Saturday's 7-6 loss in 14 innings to the Royals, Chisenhall went 3-for-7 with a run-scoring double and a walk in his first taste of the four-hole. It marked the second three-hit game in a row for Chisenhall, continuing his solid September.

Since rejoining the Indians' lineup on Sept. 10, following a two-month stay on the disabled list due to a fractured right forearm, Chisenhall has hit .291 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 15 games for the Tribe.

"He did a great job," Alomar said of Chisenhall's first game as the cleanup hitter. "He's swinging the bat much better. I feel like I can increase his confidence level much higher."

Chisenhall went 0-for-3 in the Indians' 15-3 win on Sunday, and is batting .277 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 40 games this year.