ANAHEIM -- In Chris Seddon's first outing as an Indian on Aug. 5, he started and went 4 1/3 innings against the Tigers. His next outing was one-third of an inning in relief against the Twins two days later. Three days after that, Seddon started again, this time firing six innings of three-run ball against the Red Sox, his last appearance before Tuesday night's 2 1/3 innings of relief against the Angels.
In other words, Seddon's pretty much done anything and everything the Indians have needed in the week and a half since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Columbus, and he's doing it all in the whirlwind of his first stint in the big leagues since 2010, when he was a long man for the Mariners.
The 28-year-old made his Major League debut in September 2007 as a member of the Florida Marlins. His next big league appearance wasn't until that 2010 tenure with Seattle. He was predominantly a starter with both organizations throughout his Minor League career, though all but six of his 25 big league appearances have been in relief.
Seddon admits that it hasn't been easy switching roles so frequently, but he feels fortunate to have big league experience in both capacities.
"It can be difficult if you let it get to you," Seddon said. "When I was with Seattle, though, I was a long guy, so I have some routines from over there. I have those routines to fall back on, and if they made the choice to have me start, I'd be able to do that."
Where he has less experience is as a matchup lefty, a role he filled in that quick appearance against the Twins last week, and one that manager Manny Acta said he may fill again in the weeks to come.
"Right now, without [injured Josh] Tomlin, he can be our long man and he can also be our matchup guy," Acta said. "He can do both, that's why he's got value. That's why we're keeping him here."