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Linden, Velandia join Tribe

Linden, Velendia join Tribe

CLEVELAND -- The Indians added a couple doses of big league experience to their Triple-A roster Monday.

The Tribe signed outfielder Todd Linden and infielder Jorge Velandia to Minor League deals and assigned them to Buffalo.

Linden, 27, had begun the season in the A's organization with Triple-A Sacramento, where the switch-hitter batted .333 (26-for-78) with seven doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in 22 games. Linden was the 41st overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft by the Giants, and he appeared in 270 big league games with San Francisco and Florida.

Velandia, 33, played 28 games for Triple-A Syracuse, a Blue Jays affiliate, and batted .287 (27-for-94) with three homers and 12 RBIs. He also appeared in two games with the Jays, including a start in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Progressive Field on May 12. Velandia has played in 166 big league games with the Padres, A's, Mets, Rays and Jays, batting .182.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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