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Storylines: Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall expected to be activated on Tuesday or Thursday

Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall may be primed for a return, the Yankees and Gary Sanchez learned how long he will be out on Monday, plus all the other news and notes from around the MLB...

Top Storylines:

- Everyone in the New York Yankees front office collectively held their breath when catcher Gary Sanchez had to leave Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.  He reportedly suffered a biceps strain on the right side which in turn caused the Yankees to put him on the 10-day DL.  Now they have a timetable for his recovery.  The good news is he won’t miss the entire season with the injury but will miss about a month’s worth of time as he is expected to be out four weeks due to a Grade 1 strain in his right biceps per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.  It’s going to be tough for the Yankees to tread water without Sanchez giving the impact he brings to the lineup with his advanced bat but they will have to find a way to make it work.  They’re planning on going with a tandem of Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka to replace Sanchez behind the dish.  They won’t get nearly the amount of offensive production from that pairing as they would from Sanchez but the most important thing is to make sure he makes a full recovery from his injury.  The last thing they want is to see him suffer any kind of setback and put his season in jeopardy.  They already view him as their catcher of the future and now have to make sure he is able to come back and remain as healthy as possible.  Sanchez is expected to make a return in either mid-May or later.

Indians News:

- Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall has a good chance of being activated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday in advance of the Indians home opener. He has bee rehabbing a minor shoulder injury suffered late in spring training and has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus where he has played well. The expectation is that if he is not activated on Tuesday that he will be activated on Thursday because the White Sox have lefty Derek Holland slated to start on Wednesday.

Other Storylines:

- Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner has been placed on the 10-day DL due to a right hamstring strain per Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports.  He suffered the injury in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies and had to leave in the middle of the game.  The good news is the club reportedly doesn’t view his injury as anything serious but want to play it safe and make sure it doesn’t become a nagging concern.

- The Phillies have also made a change to their team.  They have removed right-hander Jeanmar Gomez from the closer’s role and given it to veteran Joaquin Benoit per Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.  Gomez had struggled mightily in the early season and the last straw came when he blew the save against the Nationals in Sunday’s game.  Now Benoit is being handed the reigns of slamming the door on opposing teams.

- The Boston Red Sox have placed center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day DL due to a hyperextended knee.  He injured his knee after tripping on the base paths in Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.  The club is not overly concerned and expects him to be ready for activation once the ten days are up.


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