The Cleveland Indians have designated outfielder Johnny Damon for assignment. The team announced they have recalled outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster.
Damon, who signed a one-year deal worth $1.25 million back in mid-April, failed to show any consistency at the plate since making his Indians debut on May 2nd. In 64 games for the Tribe, Damon posted a .222/.281/.329 slash line with four home runs and didn’t look great while patrolling left field. His slow start in May (.171/.261/.256) contributed to his early drop in the lineup, as the Indians envisioned him as their leadoff hitter at the time of his signing. He was expected to help the offence until Grady Sizemore made a return to the lineup. Now, Damon is gone and Sizemore is still not close to making a return.
The Indians, who have gone 6-14 since the break, will give the left job to Carrera. In 68 games for Cleveland last year, he hit .243/.301/.312 with ten stolen bases.
Damon, the owner of 2769 career hits, should find a job with another club soon with Baltimore and Detroit possible destinations.