The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reports that the recently signed Johnny Damon could be added to the Tribe roster by Tuesday for the opening of their three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago. Damon, 38, hit .261 and had a .743 OPS with 16 homers, 73 RBI, and 19 steals last season with Tampa Bay. Damon will get a good chunk of playing time in left field, where Shelley Duncan is in the midst of a 5-for-34 slump.
The Indians’ outfield has been quite limited as of late with Shin-Soo Choo not playing since he tweaked his left hamstring on Tuesday night. That could be changing soon as well with Choo, who did some running in the outfield today, possibly returning as soon as Tuesday to right field duties.
With the Damon move, that would mean Aaron Cunningham or Jose Lopez is at risk of losing their roster spot. Damon was originally expected to head to Triple-A Columbus following his stint at extended spring training, but it’s possible that the timeline was sped up due to a need for outfielders and the Indians’ offensive struggles.
[Related: The Damon/Sizemore/Brantley Conundrum]