Duncan makes Cactus League debut

Duncan makes Cactus League debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Indians utility man Shelley Duncan made his Cactus League debut on Saturday, and experienced no lingering issues from the pulled back muscle that sidelined him earlier in camp.

The only discomfort Duncan felt was in the batter's box.

"I felt rusty," Duncan said on Sunday morning. "It had been a week without seeing live pitching. I faced all lefties. I think I was trying to do too much. I flew off on everything, but it felt good. I had some excitement -- first game of the year."

On Saturday against the Mariners, Duncan manned first base and finished 1-for-3 at the plate. He got the nod in left field for Sunday's road tilt against the Rockies. Duncan is competing for a job with the Indians as a part-time outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter off the bench.

Last season, Duncan hit .231, with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs in 85 games for Cleveland.