The Indians called up 2B/SS Cord Phelps from AAA Columbus today, in a move we have been expecting for some time now. Phelps is a very good defensive second-baseman who has been forced to play shortstop due to the higher ceiling on Jason Kipnis (obtained in Cliff Lee trade). Cord was the best offensive player on the Clippers so far this season by hitting .299 with 24 extra-base hits. When Cord makes his debut on Wednesday he will be the only player on the roster who was drafted by the Indians. He is just one of the many players drafted by the Indians (Chisenhall, White, Pomeranz) in recent years who look to make a big splash in the Majors.
Phelps will probably be used mostly at secondbase where he will be a defensive upgrade over Orlando Cabrera. He could also be used to give Asdrubal Cabrera an occasional day off as he has played every game this season at short stop.