CLEVELAND -- The last month of this season will serve as a kind of audition for left-hander Chris Seddon.
Seddon joined the Indians during their 11-game losing streak in early August, earning an opportunity in the rotation before being moved to the bullpen. The lefty is looking forward to using the remainder of the schedule to hopefully show Cleveland he can fit into the plans for next season.
"I've just got to get guys out and try to put up the best numbers that I can," Seddon said. "If things work out and next year I'm here, I would love that. I like the guys here. I like Cleveland.
"But if things happen and I go somewhere else, then hopefully I've put up the right numbers and somebody else will give me a shot. I'd love to be here, though."
Cleveland signed the 28-year-old Seddon to a Minor League contract last offseason mostly to add some depth to its Triple-A pitching staff. He was promoted to the Indians' rotation on Aug. 5 after struggling starters Derek Lowe and Josh Tomlin were removed from the starting staff.
Overall, Seddon has posted a 4.12 ERA in seven appearances, but he has put up a 2.89 ERA through 9 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. On Monday night, after starter Roberto Hernandez exited his outing against Oakland in the third inning due to a right ankle injury, Seddon turned in 4 2/3 shutout innings.
"He gave us a huge lift," Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Acta has liked Seddon's recent improvement in pounding the strike zone.
"He throws strikes. He attacks the zone with four pitches," Acta said. "He showed some of that [on Monday]."