CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians recalled utilityman Bill Selby from Triple-A Buffalo and designated outfielder Bruce Aven for assignment Wednesday.
Selby, 31, is beginning his second stint with the Indians. He was in Cleveland's organization from 1998-2000 before being released. He played 36 games for Cincinnati last season before signing with the Indians as a minor league free agent in December.
The Indians have been in a season-long offensive slump. They are batting just .238 as a team and rank 12th in the AL in runs scored.
"We're trying to find somebody to help us," manager Charlie Manuel said. "If we keep running guys up here, we may find somebody who can get hot like Marty Cordova did for us last year."
Selby has been with the Bisons all season and was batting .299 (50-for-167) with four homers and 17 RBIs in 46 games.
Manuel said he's needed a left-handed bat off the bench since the club released Brady Anderson. Selby will fill that role as well as play second base and third.
Aven went 2-for-17 (.118) in seven games with the Indians, who have 10 days to trade, release or send the 30-year-old outfielder outright to the minor leagues.
The Indians also announced they signed right-hander Sean Smith, a 16th-round selection from last year's draft.
The 18-year-old pitcher from Pleasant Hill, Calif., was drafted out of high school but played at Sacramento City College this year. He went 7-2 with a 1.98 ERA in 14 games.
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