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Johnny Damon set to join Indians two weeks after signing

Apr 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Two weeks after signing with the Indians on a minor-league contract Johnny Damon is expected to join the team for their series against the White Sox that begins tomorrow, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Damon has been playing extended spring training games to get ready and has apparently looked good enough that they canceled plans to have him spend some time at Triple-A.

As part of his contract Damon can opt out on Tuesday if he’s not in the majors, but with Shelley Duncan in an extended slump and the Indians’ lineup failing to produce much of anything last week the 38-year-old veteran figures to see significant action in left field right away.

At this point in his career Damon is hardly an impact hitter, posting a .261 batting average with 16 homers and a modest .743 OPS in 150 games for the Rays last season, but if spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching he can still be useful and his contract is worth just $1.25 million in guaranteed money once he cracks the big-league roster. He can earn another $1.4 million in incentives.

  1. mybrunoblog - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Sorry Johnny I don’t expect much from your 38 year old body after a couple of weeks of extended spring training…..The crystal ball does not envision 3000 hits bro.

  2. randygnyc - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I hope he gets to 3K.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Something in me just wishes that somehow Johnny will be around longer thean Beep-beep

  4. Lukehart80 - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    For the second year in a row, April will end with the Indians in 1st place! I blacked out after the team’s 30-15 start last season, but I assume they went on to win the division handily.

    Bringing Johnny Damon into the fold means World Series tickets can probably be printed this afternoon.

  5. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Damon to the Indians. And perhaps only coincidentally, the White Star Line announced that they have hired Francesco Schettino as the new captain of the Titanic as a centennial anniversary stunt.

  6. tropboi11 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    From a Rays fan that watches nearly every game they play I can say that while Damon did not have the best batting average last year he did come thru when needed, a very good clutch player and sometimes that’s better than a good BA

    • Kevin Gillman - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      trop, what Damon is going to do is help a young team go through an entire season, and try and contend. He’s been there up and down, and I am sure he helped the young Ray players last season, and even the veterans who may have not contended before. Sometimes that is more important than straight up numbers.

  7. eknirb - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    and just how many teams as he played for?

  8. jwbiii - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    He’s in game shape in two weeks? Outstanding! I assumed he was only doing cardio type exercises with his wife in the off season.

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