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Indians designate Duncan for assignment

08/29/2012 3:39 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Cleveland Indians have designated OF/DH Shelley Duncan for assignment.

Duncan, 32, hit .203 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 81 games for the Indians this season, spending the majority of his time in left field. The son of legendary pitching coach Dave Duncan, Shelley appeared in 68 games with the Yankees from 2007-09 and is a career .229 hitter with 41 home runs in parts of six seasons with Cleveland and New York.

He is the second former Yankees slugger to be jettisoned this month by the Indians, who also designated Johnny Damon for assignment back on August 3.

The Indians have recalled RHP Jeanmar Gomez, who has split this season between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus, to replace Duncan on the roster. Gomez, 24, began the year in the Indians’ rotation, going 4-7 with a 5.18 ERA before being re-assigned to Columbus on June 23. Following the demotion, he was 6-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 11 starts for the Clippers.

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