On Friday, the Indians officially recalled Duncan from Columbus, one day after optioning outfielder Travis Buck to Triple-A. Duncan provides the Tribe with a skilled pinch-hitter off the bench as well as an option against left-handed pitching.
Duncan, sent down to Columbus on June 8, feels the stint in the Minors helped.
"I was able to make some adjustments that I needed to do," Duncan said prior to Friday's game against the Giants. "I was getting out of a lot of bad habits that you tend to get in when you don't play a lot or you're just facing lefties. I got my swing to a spot where I'm happy with it."
Indians manager Manny Acta noted that the Tribe is scheduled to face a handful of left-handed starters throughout its nine-game road trip through three Interleague cities. Acta did not rule out giving Duncan a start or two at first base, especially considering the designated-hitter role is unavailable.
Otherwise, Duncan will be used as the team's main right-handed pinch-hitter.
"We didn't feel we were going to be using Buck as much [on this road trip]," Acta said. "Shelley comes in handy."
Duncan is 4-for-7 with two doubles and seven RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season. Over the past two years with the Indians, he has hit .357 (10-for-28) with one homer and 12 RBIs in that role. In 29 games with Cleveland this season, Duncan has hit .222 (18-for-81) with two homers, six doubles and 17 RBIs.