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Transactions: Shelley Duncan DFAd, Jeanmar Gomez Recalled

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Recalled Jeanmar Gomez from Columbus (AAA)

Designed OF Shelley Duncan for Assignment

I think Shelley Duncan is still a useful player. He's a streaky hitter (.617 OPS in June, 1.103 in July, .414 in August) but he's an excellent guy to have on your bench as a pinch-hitter/spot starter. Heck, his 11 home runs this season was only 3 behind the team leader (Asdrubal Cabrera) despite being a part-time player. The Indians were never comfortable with Duncan as an everyday player. Yeah, he won the starting left field job, but only by default. He lost his job to Johnny Damon, and later to Ezequiel Carrera. The Indians saw him as a part-time time player, and tried very hard to keep him a part-time player.

It's very easy to like Duncan. You know he's not much of a fielder, and he's an all-or-nothing hitter, but I suppose that's part of the charm. Every time he swings the bat, he's trying to hit the ball as far as he can, as if he's being paid by each foot of home run distance. And his role in this walk-off celebration made the picture classic.

But the Indians were going to move on sooner or later, whether they needed a 40-man roster spot in September or when it came time to offer the arbitration-eligibles a 2013 contract. It turned out that the Indians moved on sooner, for thanks to two short starts in a row, they needed an extra pitcher, and couldn't afford to wait the couple days for the active roster to expand.

Gomez might get a spot start in September. The Indians have toyed with a six-man rotation, but the three off-days next month mean the six starters wouldn't be going on regular rest, or that one starter would be skipped several times. So for now Gomez will remain in the bullpen, pitching in long relief, and building himself back up for a run at a starter's job next spring. He's only 24 years old, but he's had a down season, including at AAA; in early August, he tossed 15 consecutive shutout innings, but his last two starts were short ones.

Duncan Highlights


Shelley Duncan Career Statistics

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB Pos
2007 27 NYY AL 34 83 74 16 19 1 0 7 17 0 0 8 20 .257 .329 .554 .883 127 41 D/397
2008 28 NYY AL 23 65 57 7 10 3 0 1 6 0 0 7 13 .175 .262 .281 .542 43 16 3/9D
2009 29 NYY AL 11 15 15 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 .200 .200 .200 .400 4 3 /9D
2010 30 CLE AL 85 259 229 29 53 10 0 11 36 1 0 26 76 .231 .317 .419 .736 105 96 7D/93
2011 31 CLE AL 76 247 223 29 58 17 0 11 47 0 1 19 56 .260 .324 .484 .808 125 108 7D/39
2012 32 CLE AL 81 264 232 29 47 10 0 11 31 1 2 28 59 .203 .288 .388 .676 89 90 7D/93
6 Yrs 310 933 830 111 190 41 0 41 138 2 3 88 229 .229 .306 .427 .732 101 354
162 Game Avg. 162 488 434 58 99 21 0 21 72 1 2 46 120 .229 .306 .427 .732 101 185
CLE (3 yrs) 242 770 684 87 158 37 0 33 114 2 3 73 191 .231 .309 .430 .739 106 294
NYY (3 yrs) 68 163 146 24 32 4 0 8 24 0 0 15 38 .219 .290 .411 .701 81 60
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/30/2012.

Jeanmar Gomez Career Statistics

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2006 18 CLE-min Rk 4 3 .571 2.48 11 9 0 0 0 0 54.1 50 24 15 2 12 34 1.141 8.3 0.3 2.0 5.6 2.83
2007 19 CLE-min A 11 7 .611 4.80 27 27 0 1 0 0 140.2 152 84 75 19 46 94 1.408 9.7 1.2 2.9 6.0 2.04
2008 20 CLE-min A+ 5 9 .357 4.55 27 27 0 0 0 0 138.1 154 76 70 14 46 110 1.446 10.0 0.9 3.0 7.2 2.39
2009 21 CLE-min AA,A+ 12 6 .667 3.30 26 26 0 1 1 0 147.1 134 64 54 13 45 124 1.215 8.2 0.8 2.7 7.6 2.76
2010 22 CLE-min AAA 8 8 .500 5.20 20 20 0 1 0 0 116.0 129 74 67 16 42 78 1.474 10.0 1.2 3.3 6.1 1.86
2010 22 CLE AL 4 5 .444 4.68 11 11 0 0 0 0 57.2 73 36 30 7 22 34 85 1.647 11.4 1.1 3.4 5.3 1.55
2011 23 CLE-min AAA,A- 10 7 .588 2.54 22 22 0 2 1 0 141.2 128 55 40 8 49 110 1.249 8.1 0.5 3.1 7.0 2.24
2011 23 CLE AL 5 3 .625 4.47 11 10 0 0 0 0 58.1 73 31 29 6 15 31 87 1.509 11.3 0.9 2.3 4.8 2.07
2012 24 CLE-min AAA 6 5 .545 4.41 11 11 0 1 1 0 69.1 75 39 34 6 17 54 1.327 9.7 0.8 2.2 7.0 3.18
2012 24 CLE AL 4 7 .364 5.18 14 13 0 0 0 0 73.0 75 48 42 10 26 35 75 1.384 9.2 1.2 3.2 4.3 1.35
3 Yrs 13 15 .464 4.81 36 34 0 0 0 0 189.0 221 115 101 23 63 100 81 1.503 10.5 1.1 3.0 4.8 1.59
162 Game Avg. 13 15 .464 4.81 35 33 0 0 0 0 184 215 112 98 22 61 97 81 1.503 10.5 1.1 3.0 4.8 1.59
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Generated 8/30/2012.