Indians recall rookie 2B Cord Phelps
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have brought up infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Columbus in hopes he can spark their stagnant offense.
The club optioned Shelley Duncan to the Clippers on Wednesday to make room for Phelps. The Indians also transferred starter Alex White from the 15- to 60-day disabled list. He's out with an injured middle finger.
Phelps is making his major league debut Wednesday at second base and batting seventh in the series finale against Minnesota. The switch-hitter batted .299 with seven homers and 40 RBIs at Columbus.
Manager Manny Acta is looking for someone to kick-start Cleveland's offense and says Phelps has earned his opportunity after two productive seasons in the minors. Cleveland is 8-12 and batting .224 in its past 20 games.
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