Indians place Hannahan on paternity list

Indians place Hannahan on paternity list

Indians place Hannahan on paternity list
ARLINGTON -- Jack Hannahan left the Indians on Thursday night to be at the side of his expecting wife.

On Friday, Cleveland placed Hannahan on Major League Baseball's new paternity leave list, which grants players between 24-72 hours to attend to the birth of their children. Hannahan joined his wife, Jenny, in Cleveland.

Indians manager Manny Acta said the bench was still in good shape in Hannahan's absence. For Friday's game against the Rangers, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was on the bench and utility infielder Jason Donald got the nod at third.

"We have an extra infielder still with Lonnie on the bench today," Acta said on Friday. "[Hannahan] is very important to us, because of the defensive part. We use him at the end of a game when we're ahead. That being said, Donald is a shortstop by trade and he's playing third base."

With Hannahan temporarily off the Tribe's active roster, the Indians recalled outfielder Shelley Duncan from Triple-A Columbus. Duncan has hit .240 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in previous tours with Cleveland this season.

Duncan was in Friday's starting lineup against the Rangers, serving as the designated hitter.

Hannahan is batting .213 with five homers, 12 doubles and 23 RBIs in 84 games for Cleveland this season.