Smoke signals

• Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 0-for-5 on Saturday in his first game back in the starting lineup after dealing with a minor concussion. While the early results were not strong, Francona was still encouraged by Brantley's return.

"There were no repercussions," Francona said. "He felt fine. You can't guarantee a guy's going to be locked in, especially against [Tigers starter Justin] Verlander. But he hit one ball to right-center that he just missed, and his presence in the order helps all the time."

• Francona indicated that Tribe outfielder Nyjer Morgan (on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee injury) continues to do pool workouts at the team's complex in Arizona. Morgan, who has also begun light throwing and hitting activities, is scheduled to be re-evaluated by the Tribe's medical staff on Monday in Cleveland.

• After Chisenhall's breakout five-hit, three-homer, nine-RBI performance against the Rangers on June 9, the nickname "Lonnie Baseball" took off via social media and began appearing on shirts. Chisenhall likes the moniker and his agency recently trademarked the nickname.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.