Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
2 weeks ago

Chisenhall (leg) played five innings in right field Thursday and went hitless in two at-bats.

EDGE Analysis

He's 3-for-9 in Grapefruit League action as he prepares to play right field with Gregory Polanco (shoulder) out. Given Chisenhall's history of injury and Polanco's progress from September surgery, there's a good chance that he won't see as much playing time as envisioned when he signed with Pittsburgh. The lefty hit only one homer in 84 at-bats for Cleveland last year, but combined for 20 home runs in 621 at-bats the prior two seasons.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
2 weeks ago

Chisenhall (leg) is in the lineup for Thursday's spring game against the Orioles, according to Adam Berry of MLB.com.

EDGE Analysis

Chisenhall was out the last few days due to some tightness in his leg, but he is ready to get back to action for the Pirates. Chisenhall will hit seventh and man right field, which is a sign the Pirates aren't concerned he will suffer a setback while patrolling the outfield.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
2 weeks ago

Chisenhall has progressed as expected since exiting Saturday's exhibition game against the Yankees with leg tightness, John Perrotto of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Chisenhall has yet to rejoin the Pirates' Grapefruit League lineup and remains out again Wednesday, he's been cleared to rejoin baseball activities, per Adam Berry of MLB.com. That news signals that Chisenhall's return to spring action might be imminent, or at the very least that he's at minimal risk of not being ready to go by Opening Day.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
2 weeks ago

Chisenhall (leg) isn't listed in the Pittsburgh lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against Baltimore.

EDGE Analysis

Chisenhall experienced some leg tightness during his appearance in Saturday's exhibition against the Yankees. The injury isn't viewed as anything especially serious, so the expectation is that Chisenhall will draw back into the lineup after taking a few days off to rest. The 30-year-old is positioned to open the season as the Pirates' primary option in right field, though it's likely he'll be deployed as part of a platoon at the position.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
3 weeks ago

Chisenhall (leg) avoided serious injury Saturday and isn't expected to miss much time, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

He left after his lone at-bat due to leg tightness. "It was just an awkward morning and the thing is it's March 2, so we just wanted to be careful," Chisenhall said. The former Indians outfielder is expected to serve as Pittsburgh's primary right fielder while Gregory Polanco (shoulder) mends for the first month or two of 2019.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
3 weeks ago

Chisenhall left Saturday's game against the Yankees with general lower extremity tightness, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The team's description is about as vague as possible, but the lower extremities have been a problem for Chisenhall in the recent past, so the news isn't good. Calf problems limited him to just 29 games last season. The severity of the current issue is not yet clear, but an injury returning to an injury-prone player so soon in spring is not an encouraging sign.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
1 month ago

Manager Clint Hurdle said Chisenhall is the "first option" to be the Pirates' starting right fielder, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Gregory Polanco (shoulder) expected to begin the season on the injured list, playing time in right field opened up. Chisenhall appears to be the frontrunner for the starting gig as things stand now, especially considering his .291/.347/.468 slash line over the past three seasons. Hurdle added that non-roster invitee Melky Cabrera could also be in the mix for the starting role if he plays to the best of his ability, but Chisenhall appears to have a leg up on the competition due in part to his status as a major-league signee this offseason.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
4 months ago

Chisenhall (calf) agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with Pittsburgh on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chisenhall spent the 2018 campaign with Cleveland, although he missed the majority of the season due to injury and failed to return after landing on the disabled list with a calf strain July 2. He appeared in just 29 games, slashing .321/.394/.452 with a home run and nine RBI over that span. If Chisenhall can stay healthy, he could certainly push for one of Pittsburgh's starting outfield spots with Gregory Polanco the most likely candidate to be moved to a bench role.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
7 months ago

Manager Terry Francona said Chisenhall (calf) is "not as close as we had hoped" in his return from calf issues, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chisenhall has been on the disabled list since July 2 with a left calf strain. He's currently rehabbing at the team's spring training facilities in Arizona, though it doesn't sound like he's particularly close to rejoining the Indians.

Lonnie Chisenhall
RF PIT
8 months ago

Chisenhall (calf) has been running on a treadmill, taking swings off a tee and making throws on the field, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chisenhall was placed on the disabled list July 2 due to a moderate left calf strain. Although his return is likely a ways off, it's good to see him participating in some baseball activities without issue. After being shifted to the 60-day DL, Chisenhall won't be activated until early September.