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Damon progressing through workouts

Damon progressing through workouts

Damon progressing through workouts
CLEVELAND -- Johnny Damon continues to progress through a workout program at the Indians' training complex in Arizona, but the ballclub has not established when the veteran outfielder will officially begin a Minor League assignment.

Damon played seven innings in left field in an extended spring game on Monday. He served as a designated hitter in a game on Tuesday and went 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base and run scored.

"We haven't picked a date yet," Indians manager Manny Acta said on Tuesday. "He's in a process right now where he's very comfortable down there. We have not only a coaching staff, but a training staff that's working really close with him. There's no date yet."

It is believed that Damon -- who signed a Minor League contract on April 17 -- will suit up for Triple-A Columbus for a period of time prior to officially joining the Indians. When Damon does eventually join the Indians, he will garner the bulk of his at-bats as a left fielder. The Indians have indicated that Damon might be ready to join the team in early May.

Damon played seven innings in left field in an extended spring game on Monday.

Last season, the 38-year-old Damon spent the majority of the season as a designated hitter, batting .261 with 16 home runs, 29 doubles and 73 RBIs in 150 games for the Rays.

As things currently stand, the Indians' outfield consists of Shelley Duncan in left field, Michael Brantley in center field and Shin-Shoo Choo in right. Aaron Cunningham is Cleveland's fourth outfielder off the bench. Veteran Grady Sizemore (back) is on the 60-day disabled list and will be ineligible to be activated until June 3 at the earliest.

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