CLEVELAND -- The Indians had hoped that signing outfielder Johnny Damon would inject some life to their lineup. The deal did not pan out as expected and the club has now officially moved on from the experiment.
On Thursday, the Indians released Damon, along with reliever Jeremy Accardo, after designating both players for assignment last week. Cleveland is still working through its decision on veteran sinkerballer Derek Lowe.
Cleveland will likely release Lowe on Friday, if the club is unable to find a team willing to work out a trade. The Indians designated the 39-year-old for assignment on Aug. 2 after the right-hander went 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts.
Barring a trade, the Indians are on the hook for $5 million of the $15 million Lowe is scheduled to earn this season. The Braves, who traded Lowe to Cleveland in the offseason, are paying $10 million of the pitcher's salary.
Damon, 38, signed a one-year contract worth $1.25 million with the Indians in April and hit .222 (46-for-207) with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 64 games with the team. Accardo posted a 4.58 ERA in 26 relief appearances after signing a Minor League deal with the Tribe in the offseason.