CLEVELAND -- The Indians activated outfielder Shelley Duncan from the paternity list on Friday, just one day after he and his wife, Elyse, welcomed twin boys into the world. Duncan was placed on the paternity list on Wednesday to make room for designated hitter Travis Hafner to come off the disabled list. The Indians had until Saturday to activate Duncan.
To make room on the active roster, Cleveland sent infielder Jason Donald to Triple-A Columbus. Donald, who was recalled on June 30 when Lonnie Chisenhall went to the DL, got only three at-bats during his stint with the Indians, going 1-for-3 with a double. Donald was on the roster mainly to back up Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop.
"[The move] had its purpose," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "We have the All-Star Break coming up. Asdrubal will have plenty of rest, so we don't feel like, in the immediate future, he's gonna need to be rested. We'd rather have [Donald] go down there and play."
Duncan was in a groove at the plate prior to being placed on the paternity list. The left fielder was hitting .391 (9-for-23) with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs over his last seven games. He entered Friday night's game with a home run in three of his last four games.
Duncan admitted he was a little tired Friday afternoon, but he was ready to be back with his teammates.
"I'm excited to be back," Duncan said. "You never want to spend time away from the team. I feel very fortunate that we're on a homestand during this whole thing."