Lonnie Chisenhall leaves team to be with wife for birth of their child

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Boomer Esiason does not approve.

Lonnie Chisenhall has taken a paternity leave from the Indians in order to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Chisenhall may be gone for up to 3 games, which would put him back with the team on Sunday. Given that a left-handed starter is pitching that day (which means Lonnie wouldn't start anyway) and the Indians are off on Monday, I wonder if perhaps he'll be allowed to wait until Tuesday morning to rejoin the team (though I suspect the CBA doesn't really allow for that sort of thing).

Justin Sellers has been called up to take Chisenhall's spot on the roster while he's away. Sellers is a 28-year-old utility player who appeared in 82 games with the Dodgers between 2011 and 2013 and has been playing in Columbus for the last week (going just 3 for 19 so far).

One week ago Chisenhall seemed to be on the chopping block for demotion once Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi were ready to return, but he was the team's top hitter during the weekend series against Minnesota, and seems to have solidified his spot on the team (knock wood).

Congratulations to Lonnie, Meredith, and big-brother-to-be Cutter Chisenhall!

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