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Cleveland Indians could open second half with Lonnie Chisenhall on disabled list

By Paul Hoynes • Jul 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM

MIAMI — There's a chance that the Indians will open the second half of the season Friday night against the A's at the Oakland Coliseum with right-fielder Lonnie Chisenhall on the disabled list.

Chisenhall, who leads the Indians with 51 RBI, strained his right calf muscle in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Tigers at Progressive Field. Chisenhall left the game after hitting into a double play in the fourth inning.

On Saturday, second baseman Jason Kipnis left the game was a strained right hamstring in the third inning. Kipnis was placed on the disabled list Sunday.

Chisenhall is having a career season despite health issues. He opened the year on the disabled list with a bruised right shoulder joint. He returned to the DL because of a concussion suffered in May.

Despite the interruptions, Chisenhall is hitting .305 (57-for-187) with 12 homers and a .953 OPS. He's leading the team in RBI despite having more than 100 fewer at-bats than Edwin Encarnacion (308 at-bats) and Jose Ramirez (328 at-bats), who are tied for second on the team with 48 RBI.

During Tuesday's All-Star Game, FOX is scheduled to show a PSA featuring Brunswick High School student Rachel Duke, a former cancer patient, and Chisenhall volunteering at the Cleveland Clinic's Pediatric Cancer Unit.

Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermier and Tim Beckman along with Tampa High School student Hishaam Shafig are also featured in the commercial. Duke and Shafig are Action Team Captains, part of the Action Team national youth volunteer program created by Major League Baseball Players Trust and the Volunteers of America.

The commercial is scheduled to air around the second inning.

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