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06/27/11 9:37 PM ET

Everett is odd man out as Chisenhall debuts

PHOENIX -- Lonnie Chisenhall is in the Major Leagues, started at third base and batted seventh on Monday night for the Indians in an Interleague contest against the D-backs at Chase Field. But opening the roster spot for Chisenhall wasn't easy.

The Indians designated utility infielder Adam Everett for assignment.

"It was one of the toughest decisions we had to make," Indians manager Manny Acta said about cutting a player who was hitting .217 in 34 games, but had such a positive effect on the ballclub. "He really did help our younger kids and kept our clubhouse in order in a good way. He's gone through a lot. He's had a lot of years of Major League experience. He's a pro."

Everett, 34, and in his eighth big league season, came to camp as a non-roster player and made the team out of Spring Training. His claim to fame is that he batted .304 (7-for-23) against the Cardinals in the 2005 National League Championship Series, helping the Astros to their only NL pennant. They won that series in six games and were then swept by the White Sox in the World Series. Everett batted .067 (1-for-15) in the Fall Classic.

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If no team picks up Everett within a 10-day period, he can choose to become a free agent or accept a Minor League assignment from the Indians if one is offered. Acta said he hoped there was another Major League fit for Everett out there.

"You know what? I think he's got a lot of baseball left," Acta said. "He did a nice job for us. Unfortunately, we had to make some moves because of the way our offense is going right now. Things happen, but he's a quality backup infielder, who can still play defense wherever you throw him out there."

Choo visits specialist to determine next step

PHOENIX -- As expected, Shin-Soo Choo was examined by renowned hand specialist and surgeon Dr. Tom Graham in Cleveland on Monday. But there was no indication yet of the direction the club is taking and there won't be until Tuesday, Indians manager Manny Acta said before the Tribe played the D-backs at Chase Field.

Choo suffered a displaced fracture of his left thumb after being hit on the hand with a pitch from Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez in Friday's 4-3 loss in San Francisco. At the time, Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff indicated that the outfielder would miss at least six weeks. But it could be longer if Choo has to undergo surgery.

"He's seeing Dr. Graham [Monday] and probably by [Tuesday] Lonnie will have more information on that," Acta said.

The Indians placed Choo on the 15-disabled list. Choo was wearing a soft cast over the weekend and had three stitches inserted in his hand to correct a deep laceration on his thumb. The right fielder was in as good a spirit as could be expected, but was despondent about his current condition.

"I just feel bad that I can't help the team anymore," Choo said on Saturday. "We might make the playoffs. We had a good start and I can't help the team. I feel sad."

Choo is hitting .244, with five home runs and 28 RBIs in 72 games. He was homerless in his last 125 at-bats, dating back to May 13. The right fielder had, however, hit safely in 29 of his last 36 games, and posted a .370 average over his past eight contests.

Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.