Carlos Santana, the Indians starting catcher the past three seasons has officially been named the team’s starting third baseman this afternoon. Manager Terry Francona, according to our friend it isn’t the situation you think it is.
Francona said today that Santana is the Tribe’s third baseman. It won’t be a platoon situation with Chisenhall. Santana also backup catcher.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 25, 2014
Lonnie Chisenhall, the incumbent at third, has still made the ball club and will probably see increased time at DH and could come on late in games as a defensive replacement. What this says about his long term future with the Indians is up for debate. Lonnie has had a solid Spring at the plate with 16 hits in 52 ABs (.308/.909 OPS) but it is clear the Indians front office had a plan they wanted to execute that did not involve him.
An additional catcher will not be kept on the roster meaning Santana will be the primary backup to Yan Gomes behind the plate.
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