CLEVELAND – A familiar face returned to the Tribe clubhouse on Friday afternoon.
The Indians activated Austin Jackson (hyperextended left big toe) from the 10-day disabled list, one day after the team placed Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion) on the 7-day disabled list.
Manager Terry Francona had more than 24 hours to ponder the decision before completing the transaction with the corresponding roster move.
“Once we got through and had the off day, we just got Austin here,” said Francona. “Having a two-man bench is not a good way to go very long.”
Jackson went 4-for-10 with one double, one home run and two RBIs in three rehab games at Triple-A Columbus while Chisenhall was diagnosed with a minor-grade concussion on Thursday.
“[Jackson] was going to play right field last night, just [because] he hasn’t done that for a while,” Francona said. “It was good because not too many teams – I mean we had five DLed outfielders, that’s digging pretty deep.”
The Tribe skipper will run out an outfield rotation comprised of Michael Brantley, Bradley Zimmer, Daniel Robertson and Jackson for the duration of this weekend’s series vs. Kansas City. Chisenhall is eligible to return as early as Monday depending on the medical staff’s examination and evaluation.
“Just the concussion protocol,” said Francona. “He’s in that right now which means there’s a definite way they go about it. So right now he is in the beginning of that, which is no activity.”
The active roster figures to shuffle through additional players at some point during the eight-game homestand depending on the injury status of Corey Kluber (lower back strain).
“That’s down the road,” Francona said. “If we get to a point where Kluber’s pitching – and we’re talking about him not hitting – I’ll be glad.”
Kluber will throw 75-80 pitches or about five innings of work in a rehab appearance with the Akron RubberDucks on Friday. He could be activated in time for a start in Colorado on June 6 or 7, an Interleague appearance that would force him to bat.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.