The Cleveland Indians have recalled infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Columbus.
Phelps, 26, began the year on the Minor League disabled list (neck stiffness) and has appeared in two games for the Clippers at second base since his April 14 activation. In a small sample size, Phelps is batting .125 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. He is coming off a spring exhibition season where he hit .375 (18-48) with four doubles, one triple, three home runs and seven RBI in 23 games (1.143OPS). In 49 games over two seasons with the Indians, Phelps has a career average of .173 with two home runs and 11 RBI.
This move is on the heels of recent elbow stiffness experienced by Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis.
To clear space for Phelps, the Indians optioned catcher Omir Santos to Triple-A Columbus. They also outrighted right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack to Double-A Akron.
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