CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Johnny Damon will join the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday for their three-game series in Chicago.
The Indians signed Damon to a minor league deal on April 17 and the deal will become a one-year, $1.25 million major league contract deal when he's added to the 25-man roster. The 38-year-old has spent the past two weeks at Cleveland's training facility in Arizona preparing to play after not being in a training camp.
Damon, who needs 277 hits to reach 3,000 for his career, is expected to split playing time with Shelley Duncan in left field. The Indians are leading the AL Central, but are struggling to score with just 17 runs in the past seven games. Also, the Indians have not homered in 11 consecutive games.
Damon batted .261 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs last season for Tampa Bay.
By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
The Associated Press