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Damon on paternity leave; LaPorta called up

Damon on paternity leave; LaPorta called up

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Damon on paternity leave; LaPorta called up
CLEVELAND -- Matt LaPorta is returning to the big leagues.

LaPorta will make his 2012 debut for the Indians on Sunday afternoon against the Twins, manager Manny Acta said Saturday night. The team recalled LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus and placed veteran outfielder Johnny Damon on three-day paternity leave after Saturday's 7-4 loss to Minnesota.

Damon will fly down to Orlando, Fla. on Sunday to be with his wife and his twin daughters, who were born on Friday.

Acta said Damon will rejoin the team Wednesday in Detroit, but wouldn't say whether LaPorta will stay with the Indians for more than three days.

"I don't even know if I'm going to be here for more than three days," Acta said. "When Johnny comes back, then we'll make a decision."

LaPorta was hitting .307 with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs in 46 games for the Clippers this season. He can play first base and left field, but will likely see more time in left because of Damon's absence. LaPorta played in 107 games for the Indians last season, hitting .247 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Justin Albers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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