Damon to join Indians in Chicago

Tampa Bay Rays Johnny Damon reacts after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of their MLB...

Tampa Bay Rays Johnny Damon reacts after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, September 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

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The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that outfielder Johnny Damon will join the team in Chicago on Tuesday, when the Indians arrive to begin a three-game series with the White Sox.

Damon, 38, has been in extended spring training at the team’s complex in Arizona since signing a minor-league contract on April 17. Cleveland will need to make a corresponding move to clear space for the two-time All-Star on the active roster.

The Indians will be Damon’s seventh MLB team, all of them in the American League. He hit .261 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 150 games last year for the Rays. For his career, Damon has a .286 lifetime batting average with 231 home runs and 1120 RBI in 2426 games with the Royals, A’s, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers and Rays.

The Indians (11-9, first in AL Central) face the White Sox (11-11, second in AL Central) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Game time for all three contests is 8:10 p.m. ET.


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