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Indians Cut Ties with Johnny Damon, Recall Ezequiel Carrera from Triple-A

 

 

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It should come to little surprise to anyone who watched Johnny Damon play for the Indians this season that the club designated the outfielder for assignment on Friday. Damon, who was not resigned by Tampa Bay following the 2011 season, was picked up by the Tribe as a free agent on April 17 th, but the veteran right-hander has never come around for the ball club and they simply decided that it was time to move on. The move looked suspect from the get-go as Damon missed out on all of Spring Training and was forced to jump start a training program that would get him full-season ready in just a little over three weeks. When he arrived on the scene in early May, it was clear that the lack of at-bats against big league pitching were taking a toll on the 38-year old Damon, and he never fully reached the potential that the Indians has hoped he would for the club.

With the Tribe now in the midst of a woeful six-game losing streak which saw them swept by two of baseball’s worst teams in Minnesota and Kansas City, they have decided to bring up Ezequiel Carrera from Triple-A Columbus to platoon the outfield with Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo, Shelley Duncan and Brent Lillibridge. Carrera gives the Tribe a legitimate option to rest Brantley at centerfield, and should give them some added speed on the base paths as well. The Indians will now have 10 days to either trade or release Damon and it is possible that another ball club will take a chance on the veteran who sits at 2,769 career hits in stints with the Royals, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox and Rays.

 

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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