09/09/12 2:27 PM ET
Maine successfully makes Indians debut
By Jordan Garretson / MLB.com
Maine's outing was a mixed bag. The left-hander entered in the fifth inning against the Twins, who had loaded the bases with one out. Maine issued an eight-pitch walk to Justin Morneau to bring in a run. But he did strike out Ryan Doumit and induce a groundout from Chris Parmelee to finish the inning with limited damage.
Obviously, Indians manager Manny Acta will need to see more than 2/3 of an inning to evaluate Maine further, but he liked what he saw on Saturday.
"He's got some deception with the angle where he throws the ball from," Acta said. "Pretty firm -- he was throwing the ball 93 miles per hour. Sharp slider. I could see how he could be pretty effective against left-handed hitters. It's only been one inning. He's going to get more chances for us to take a look at him."
Cleveland claimed Maine off outright waivers from the Cubs on Aug. 29. He pitched two scoreless innings in two appearances for Triple-A Columbus before being recalled on Sept. 4.
Maine recorded a 4.79 ERA in 20 2/3 innings for Chicago earlier this season. But with his self-described "funky" delivery, he specialized against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .130 average (3-for-23).
The 27-year-old said he has thrown the same way ever since he first picked up a baseball. Coaches tried to make him adjust when he was younger, but he never obliged.
"They tried to change me," Maine said. "You throw one way naturally, and that's the way I throw. Every other way is just uncomfortable. So I had to refine the way I throw and make it work."
Indians activate Chisenhall from the disabled list
MINNEAPOLIS -- Lonnie Chisenhall appeared on the Indians' lineup card on Sunday for the first time since June 29.
Cleveland activated Chisenhall from the 60-day disabled list prior to the team's game against the Twins. He didn't join the club in time to start, but was available as a substitute.
Indians manager Manny Acta said the third baseman will play against Minnesota on Monday. Chisenhall has been on the disabled list since June 30 after a pitch broke his right forearm. He went 2-for-10 with two RBIs in three rehab games with Double-A Akron this week.
Acta said he didn't expect to see Chisenhall back with the team this season when the injury initially occurred.
"He worked out with us for a week before he went down for rehab," Acta said. "You can't anticipate him being middle-of-the-season type of shape, playing-wise. But he had a few games. We're going to work him in slowly here. I'm sure that by the end of the season we'll be able to see him pretty good."
Chisenhall played in 24 games with the Indians before suffering the injury, hitting .278 with three home runs and nine RBIs.
"He feels pretty good," Acta said. "When he was down there [with Akron], he felt he was ready to go, like he wasn't limited or anything right now. But I think we saw last year when [Asdrubal] Cabrera bounced back from the broken wrist, a lot of times it takes those guys some time to get the strength back. So that's something to consider."
Acta not worried about overworked bullpen
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland's bullpen continues to be among the most taxed in all of baseball. But manager Manny Acta isn't concerned due to the bevy of arms available to him after September callups.
Indians relievers combined to throw five-plus innings on Saturday for the second straight game and the 19th time this season. They entered Saturday's game with 177 1/3 relief innings pitched since the All-Star break, the third-most in baseball over that span. Cleveland's 437 relief innings on the season ranked as the sixth-most in baseball.
But with the call-ups of Scott Barnes, Frank Herrmann, David Huff, and Scott Maine, Acta has 11 pitchers in his bullpen.
"Those guys, when it comes to appearances and innings pitched, compared to last year, they're good," he said. "Now in September with the addition of those guys [call-ups], we're able to lower the amount of workload for those guys."
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.