SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Spring training lineups shouldn't be taken too seriously, but when a manager hits someone new at the No. 3 or 4 slots in the order this late in the spring season, it can tip his hand to season expectations in terms of pending power. In the case of Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who has hit well this spring, manager Terry Francona has noticed. Chisenhall hit out of the No. 3 spot for Thursday's afternoon clash against right-hander Ian Kennedy and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, and who knows, it might not be the last time we see it.
Chisenhall, like many of the players I've spoken to on my Sleeper Tour this week, has nice spring numbers (.405 batting average, four home runs). As Francona told me after the Indians' 5-4 victory, "We'd like Lonnie to hit and run with the job. His play will dictate it, and he's had a heck of a spring."