Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Back in spring training, the Indians had an open competition for the job of everyday left fielder.
Five months later, all the players that have been up for the job it seems are officially gone.
Shelley Duncan, who won the job out of spring training, even if it was for just a few days, was designated by the Indians Wednesday, once again ending his tenure with the Tribe.
The team called back to the Major League roster pitcher Jeanmar Gomez, who was the number five starter at the start of the season before he was eventually sent down for Zach McAllister in late June.
Duncan, who played left field for the Indians in their 7-0 loss on Tuesday night, was hitting .203 (47-232) with 10 doubles, 11 HR & 31 RBI in 81 games.
In the spring, he beat out contenders Aaron Cunningham and Ryan Spilborghs for the starting LF spot. It lasted about a week as then the Indians went out and inked free agent Johnny Damon.
Damon and Duncan split time in left, and eventually the team realized that Damon had nothing left, releasing him back on August 3rd.
Since that time, Duncan has been splitting time with Ezequiel Carrera in left. Carrera will likely get a lot of the playing time there with the move.
As for Gomez, he was 4-7 with 5.18 ERA in 14 games/13 starts (73.0IP, 75H, 42ER, 26BB, 35K, .265AVG) before being assigned to Columbus.
He was with the Indians till after a horrible start in Houston vs the Astros back in June, and was sent down June 23rd.
With the Clippers he has gone 6-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 11 starts (69.1IP, 75H, 34ER, 17BB, 54K, .273AVG).