The Indians have recalled outfielder Shelley Duncan and infielder Luis Valbuena from Triple-A Columbus.
The Indians have also placed 2B Jason Kipnis (right hamstring strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 14, and optioned outfielder Ezequiel Carrera to Columbus.
Duncan has split the season between Columbus and Cleveland as he begins his 4th stint with Cleveland in 2011. So far this year with the Indians he has hit .246 (29-118) with 12 runs scored, 8 doubles, 4 home runs and 23 RBI's in 43 games. He is hitting .265 (9-24) with RISP with the Indians and .254 (16-63) with a HR and 11 RBI vs. left-handed pitching.
Valbuena, 25, begins his 3rd stint with Cleveland in 2011 as he was with the club from May 19-20 but did not appear in a game and again from July 8-21. This year with Cleveland he has hit .136 (3-22) with a run scored in 8 games. On the year at AAA Columbus he has hit .299 (111-371) with 57 runs scored, 20 doubles, 16HR and 71RBI in 101 games. An International League All-Star selection, he ranks T6th in the International League in RBI (71), T10th in home runs (16), 13th in OPS (.854), 15th in slugging percentage (.482), 16th in average (.299), T16th in on-base percentage (.372), T16th in hits (111) and T17th in runs scored (57). Against right-handed pitchers this year at Triple-A he has hit .310 (76-245) with 9HR and 52RBI and in 14 games during the month of August was hitting .327 (18-55) with 7 runs scored, 4HR and 15RBI including hitting a grand slam in his last game with Columbus on August 16th at Pawtucket. He will wear #2.
Kipnis injured his right hamstring while warming up prior to last night's 4-2 Indians victory over the Chicago White Sox in US Cellular Field. He was hitting .279 (19-68) with 14 runs scored, 4 doubles, 6HR and 11RBI in 18 games with the Indians since being promoted from AAA Columbus on July 21.
Carrera has hit .236 (21-89) with 12 runs scored, 4 doubles and 6RBI in 34 games with Cleveland over two stints.
The Indians now have four players on the Major League disabled list (Carrasco, Crowe, Kipnis, Sizemore).