KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lonnie Chisenhall’s bat is headed to the Hall of Fame.
He just hopes he doesn’t break his other one.
The Indians third baseman went 5 for 5 and hit three homers while driving in nine runs in a 17-7 rout of Texas on Monday night. By the time he arrived in Kansas City for Tuesday night’s game, he was told that the folks in Cooperstown wanted to retire his bat for posterity.
The only problem with the gesture? “I only have two of the model I use,” Chisenhall said with a grin. “I’m going to have to make it through these next six games with one bat.”
No worries — teammate Michael Brantley has offered to loan out some of his stock.
According to Major League Baseball, Chisenhall became the first player to go 5 for 5 with three homers and nine RBIs since the RBI became a statistic in 1920. The only other major league players to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game were the Dodgers’ Gil Hodges, the Reds’ Walker Cooper and the Red Sox’s Fred Lynn.
It was also the first three-homer game by an Indians player since Shin-Soo Choo in 2010, and the second nine-RBI game in franchise history. Chris James accomplished the feat on May 4, 1991.
“I think it’s kind of neat. I’m sure Lonnie got a huge kick out of that,” said Indians manager Terry Francona, who has donated several items to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum from when he managed the Red Sox to two World Series triumphs.
“He’s got two kids, so one day he’ll be able to take them and show them, ‘Hey, this is what your dad did,’” said the Indians’ Mike Aviles. “That’s pretty cool.”
Votto back in lineup
CINCINNATI — Nobody in baseball likes to use injuries as an excuse, including Bryan Price.
That being said (one of Price’s favorite phrases), the first-year Cincinnati Reds manager almost can’t wait until Saturday.
That is when he plans to write pitcher Mat Latos’ name into the starting lineup, all but giving Price his first look at the team he hoped to be managing when he took the job last October.
Latos and first baseman Joey Votto completed rehab assignments with Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Votto, sidelined since May 16 with a quadriceps strain in his left knee, was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Latos, who hasn’t pitched all year after having surgery on his right elbow last October and his left knee on Valentine’s Day, is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday in Milwaukee.
“This is as close to being whole as we’ve been all year,” Price said Tuesday.
Votto was the 12th player placed on the disabled list by the Reds this season. Catcher Devin Mesoraco’s two trips meant those 12 players had made a total of 13 appearances on the DL. Last season, 11 Reds players made a total of 15 appearances.
Votto was set to bat third Tuesday night. He hadn’t played since going on the disabled list May 21, retroactive to May 16, with an injury to the same knee that required two operations in 2012. The Reds went 11-12 without the 2010 NL MVP, who was hitting .257 with six home runs and 12 RBIs in 39 games.
Votto spent Sunday and Monday with Louisville, going 2 for 6 with two strikeouts and grounding into a double play in two games at Pawtucket.
“I feel good,” Votto said. “I’m looking forward to playing. I hold myself to a high standard. I wouldn’t come back unless I felt like I could play to that high standard, so I’m not really concerned about what percentage people think I’m at. I’m going to come back and play well.”
Latos, who has won 14 games in each of the past two seasons — his first two with the Reds — made his fourth rehab start Monday and lasted 5 2-3 innings in a game shortened by rain. He then continued to throw in an indoor batting cage to get his pitch count up to 100, the goal Price wanted the right-hander to reach before pitching for the Reds.
Reds, Indians games
The Reds-Dodgers and Indians-Royals games Tuesday did not finish until after presstime. Head to LimaOhio.com to check out the results.
Tigers, Locos rained out
Detroit’s game in Chicago against the White Sox and the Lima Locos’ Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League game were rained out Tuesday.