CLEVELAND-- Indians catcher Carlos Santana will get at-bats in a minor league game, the next step in his return from a concussion.
Santana has not played since May 25, when he was struck in the mask by a foul tip during a game in Chicago. Santana was placed on Major League Baseball's seven-day concussion list last week. He will serve as a designated hitter for Lake County (A) on Monday night against Fort Wayne.
Santana caught a bullpen session and took batting practice on Sunday. Indians manager Manny Acta is optimistic Santana will be able to play Tuesday night when the Indians open a three-game series in Detroit. Santana must pass mandatory MLB tests before he can be cleared to play.
Santana is batting .245 with five homers and 24 RBIs.