Indians activate RHP Tomlin in series of moves
CLEVELAND (AP) - After spending nearly two weeks rehabbing a sore back, Cleveland third baseman Jack Hannahan went on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a strained left calf.
Cleveland activated right-hander Josh Tomlin from the DL before a three-game against the Kansas City Royals, recalled third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus and designated right-hander Jairo Asencio for assignment.
In addition, catchers Carlos Santana and Lou Marson, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and designated hitter Travis Hafner sat out with injuries.
"It is very frustrating,'' said Hannahan, who missed 11 games from May 14-25 because of his back. He went 0-for-4 Saturday, playing on what he said was a very painful left calf.
"I felt something Friday, but didn't think it was a big deal,'' Hannahan said. "I knew my back was getting better every day. I guess I must have done something to compensate for the back and now this. It is the same calf I hurt last year.''
Hannahan missed 14 games in September with a similar injury.
"It's mind-boggling that after spending that amount of time rehabbing his back he has a different injury,'' manager Manny Acta said. "We had no idea he was hurting yesterday before the game.''
Acta said Tomlin, sidelined since May 8 by right wrist tendinitis, is "full go,'' and hoped the right-hander would be able to pitch deep into the series opener to take pressure off a bullpen down a man with lefty Rafael Perez on the 60-day DL with a sore shoulder.
Acta started Chisenhall at designated hitter as Hafner sat out a fifth straight game because of a sore right knee. Hafner was scheduled to be examined by a team doctor shortly before game time.
Cabrera has a tight left hamstring and Santana is on the 7-day DL with a concussion. Marson took three stitches in his mouth Sunday after being hit by a pitch.
General manager Chris Antonetti said Santana felt better, but the team would be cautious and strictly adhere to Major League Baseball guidelines regarding concussions.
"Carlos will have to pass all the MLB tests before he comes back,'' Antonetti said.
Santana has not done any baseball activities since taking a foul ball off his mask Friday. "I feel good, but sometimes when I wake up feel a little dizzy, then the rest of the day I'm OK,'' Santana said.
Cabrera did not start for the third straight game. He played long-toss catch with trainer Lonnie Soloff, did some light drills and will be evaluated Tuesday.