22 Johnny Damon

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Height: 6'2" // Weight: 205 lbs
Age: 40 (Born: 11/5/1973) // College:

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  • Damon says he will retire if he does not sign with a team before spring training, the Boston Globe reports. Damon played just 64 games with the Indians last season before being designated for assignment in August. Players often change their minds about retirement, so don't be surprised if Damon ends up playing somewhere in 2013 even if he doesn't sign with a team before spring training. Even if he signs with a team, he will likely have a limited role given his lack of production the past few seasons. 2012-12-08 11:44:05 -0500

  • Damon will be released by the Indians on Thursday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. While Damon has still expressed desire for another shot in the big leagues, his tenure with the Indians raises serious questions about whether he can still play at the MLB level. Damon will be 39 next season and after coming off a .222/.281/.329 stint with the Indians, expect his suitors to be even more limited than they have been in previous seasons. 2012-08-09 16:09:39 -0400

  • The Indians have designated Damon for assignment, according to the team's Twitter. Ezequiel Carrera was called up and is starting in left field Friday. Damon had hit just .222 in 64 games with Cleveland this year. We'll see if he accepts an assignment to the minors or tries to catch on with another club. 2012-08-03 15:47:00 -0400

  • Damon is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 reports. Damon will out of the lineup again with a lefty, Zach Britton, starting for the opposition. Aaron Cunningham will be in left field and bat ninth. 2012-07-22 12:46:46 -0400

  • Damon is not in Thursday's starting lineup, the Indians' official Twitter page reports. Shelley Duncan will start in left and hit seventh. Damon has struggled all season long offensively and currently boasts an OPS+ of only 77. 2012-07-19 10:28:33 -0400

  • Damon was back in the lineup Monday after a brief two-game absence due to a sore hamstring, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Damon left Friday's game prior to sitting out two games over the weekend as the Indians faced a pair of left-handed starters but was back in the lineup Monday as the DH. 2012-07-03 08:53:33 -0400

  • Damon is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, the Indians' official Twitter page reports. Damon will sit against left-hander Andy Pettitte as Shelley Duncan makes the start in left field. It's the second time in four days Damon has sat against a southpaw. 2012-06-27 11:48:08 -0400

  • Damon hit a two-run home run Wednesday in Cleveland's win over Cincinnati. Damon went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored for the Indians, just one day removed from sitting out after colliding with a wall Monday. He has reached base in five straight games, but still has just .203/.295/.325 splits in 2012. 2012-06-21 01:18:19 -0400

  • Damon was held out of action Tuesday after getting banged up in Monday's game. Damon collided with a wall Monday and eventually exited the game and was held out of action Tuesday as a result. Consider him day-to-day for now. 2012-06-19 23:25:45 -0400

  • Damon is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Reds, Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 reports. The Indians will give the 38-year-old Damon a day off as Aaron Cunningham takes over in left field. 2012-06-14 12:12:43 -0400

  • Damon is not in Sunday's lineup against the Cardinals, the Indians' official Twitter page reports. An 0-for-3 effort Saturday dropped Damon's average to .182. Shelley Duncan gets the start in left field for Cleveland on Sunday. 2012-06-10 11:45:12 -0400

  • Damon went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Cardinals on Friday. The home run was Damon's second of the year. He is batting just .188 this season and shouldn't be in your active lineup until he starts to show a little more consistency at the plate. 2012-06-09 04:01:07 -0400

  • Damon is in the starting lineup Friday against the Cardinals, the Indians Team Website reports. Damon continues to struggle this season, as he's hitting .185 in 27 games this season. Damon has a career .167 average against Friday's starter Jake Westbrook. 2012-06-08 18:25:44 -0400

  • Damon drove in a pair of runs in his return to the lineup Wednesday. Damon's still struggling, hitting just .187 for the Indians, but continues to see regular playing time as he tries to turn things around at the plate. 2012-06-07 08:53:44 -0400

  • Damon has been activated from the paternity list and will start Wednesday, the team's official Twitter reports. Perhaps time away to observe miracle of life will allow Damon to regain his swing, as his batting average sits at a mere .180 on the season. 2012-06-06 15:50:18 -0400

  • Damon (personal) is expected to rejoin the Indians on Wednesday, the team's official site reports. There's been no indication if Damon will be reinserted back into the lineup immediately but those in daily formats will have him available starting Wednesday. 2012-06-05 23:04:20 -0400

  • Damon will be out of the lineup until Wednesday after his wife gave birth Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Those in daily formats will want to get Damon on their bench until Wednesday. 2012-06-03 08:41:56 -0400

  • Damon is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals, the Indians' official Twitter page reports. The 38-year-old, who is just 12-for-79 on the year, got a day off Tuesday but is back Wednesday to take on lefty Bruce Chen. Damon has been getting frequent rest since his season debut on May 2, so look for that to continue. 2012-05-30 09:47:23 -0400

  • Damon is not in the starting lineup Thursday, the Indians' official Twitter feed reports. Shelley Duncan is starting in left field for the Tribe's matinee with the Tigers. 2012-05-24 09:30:22 -0400

  • The Indians will stick with Damon in the regular lineup despite his struggles since joining the team, Justin Albers of MLB.com reports. Damon is batting .172 and was recently moved out of the leadoff spot in favor of Shin-Soo Choo. With few desirable options in the outfield to replace Damon until Grady Sizemore returns, the team is willing to take the chance that Damon regains the form he showed with Tampa Bay in 2011. At this point, Damon probably shouldn't be owned in mixed leagues and likely remains a fringe roster candidate in most AL-only leagues. 2012-05-21 10:27:30 -0400

  • Damon will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Twins, the Indians' official site reports. Damon has been moved from the leadoff spot to the seventh hole. He's hitting just .159 since joining the Indians, but should continue to see regular playing time in left field. 2012-05-15 11:46:38 -0400

  • Damon is not in the starting lineup Monday, the Indians' official Twitter feed reports. Shelley Duncan is playing left field Monday, while Shin-Soo Choo is moving into the leadoff role against the Twins in Damon's absence. 2012-05-14 16:53:04 -0400

  • Damon is back in Sunday's lineup against the Red Sox, Nick Camino of WTAM in Cleveland reports. Damon, who returns to the lineup Sunday after a day off Saturday, is off to a 7-for-41 (.171) start with a pair of RBI for the Indians. 2012-05-13 11:45:21 -0400

  • Damon is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox, the Indians' official site reports. Damon has started nine of the past 11 games and will likely return to the lineup Sunday. Travis Hafner will DH and Shelly Duncan will man left field for Saturday's game. 2012-05-12 16:19:32 -0400

  • Damon is starting in left field and batting leadoff for the Indians on Tuesday, reports MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. Damon started the first game of Cleveland's doubleheader against the White Sox on Monday, but sat in the night game. 2012-05-08 17:59:06 -0400

  • Damon is not in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader with the White Sox, Nick Camino of WTAM in Cleveland reports. Shelley Duncan is making the start in left field, while Damon sits after going 0-for-4 in the matinee as the Tribe's leadoff hitter. 2012-05-07 17:19:08 -0400

  • Damon is back atop the Indians' lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Nick Camino of WTAM in Cleveland reports. Damon, who is 2-for-13 with a apair of RBI since he joined the team last week, took a seat Saturday with left-hander Derek Holland on the mound, but he's back in there Sunday against righty Yu Darvish. 2012-05-06 10:45:55 -0400

  • Damon is not in the lineup Saturday, the Indians' official Twitter feed reports. With left-hander Derek Holland on the mound, Damon will sit while Shelley Duncan is starting in left field. 2012-05-05 17:58:35 -0400

  • Damon, who left Wednesday's game with cramps, was back in the lineup Thursday against the White Sox. Damon collected his first hit and scored a run in his second game since joining the Indians. He'll be in the lineup most nights for the Indians. 2012-05-03 23:25:02 -0400

  • Damon left Wednesday's game after the sixth inning with cramps, the Indians' official site reports. "I felt it in my hands, the back, the calves," Damon said. "I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.' Sometimes, I guess when you get jacked up and ready to go, this kind of stuff can happen. I plan to be ready tomorrow." Damon was 0-for-3 as the team's leadoff hitter in his season debut. 2012-05-03 09:01:21 -0400

  • Damon is expected to hit leadoff for the Indians when he's in the lineup, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Damon is expected to make his debut Wednesday and figures to be in the lineup on most nights against righties at least until Grady Sizemore returns. 2012-05-02 08:45:40 -0400

  • Damon's contract has been purchased by the Indians, Nick Camino of WTAM in Cleveland reports. The move was made after Jose Lopez was designated for assignment Tuesday. Look for Damon to make his first start with the Tribe on Wednesday. 2012-05-01 16:47:27 -0400

  • Damon is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. He's still on the brink of being added to the Indians' roster, but Damon won't start a game until at least Wednesday. 2012-05-01 16:16:10 -0400

  • Damon will be added to the Indians' roster Tuesday in Chicago, the team's official site confirms. With righthanded stick Shelley Duncan struggling of late, look for Damon to see his share of work in left field for the Indians, in particular when they face righties. 2012-04-30 10:28:36 -0400

  • Damon is expected to join the Indians for its upcoming road trip that starts on Tuesday, the team's official site reports. The team originally planned on having Damon spend some time at Triple-A prior to his arrival but he'll make the jump to the majors from extended spring training. The Indians have scored just 17 runs in their last seven games so they may be looking for Damon to provide a spark. Look for him to handle the left field duties on most nights when the team is facing a right-handed starter. 2012-04-30 08:47:46 -0400

  • Damon played seven innings in the field in an extended spring training game Monday, the team's official site reports. The Indians still haven't set a date when he'll report to Triple-A but he's certainly on track to join the Indians at some point in early May. 2012-04-24 23:25:26 -0400

  • Damon had three plate appearances as the DH during an extended spring training game Friday, the Indians' official Twitter feed reports. He hit second in each of the first three innings of Friday's game. Damon will likely take some time during a minor league rehab assignment to regain his timing at the plate before the Indians activate him in the coming weeks. 2012-04-21 16:44:41 -0400

  • Damon will collect the bulk of his at-bats between left field and the DH spot, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. He apparently offered to play center field and first base as needed, but the plan for now is to have him work out of the left field spot while getting time in the DH role when Travis Hafner needs a day off. Damon is still expected to be a couple of weeks away from joining the lineup in Cleveland. 2012-04-17 15:50:35 -0400

  • While Damon signed a minor league deal with the Indians, his deal will become a major league contract once he is added to the 40-man roster, ESPN.com reports. Damon will need a few weeks to get into playing shape, so he will not count towards the Indians' 40-man limit until the team determines he is again ready for major league duty. Expect Damon to become part of the Indians' outfield rotation around the end of the month. 2012-04-16 16:50:18 -0400

  • Damon expects to finalize his contract Sunday and will report to extended spring training with an eye towards joining the Indians some time in early May, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Damon will report to Triple-A Columbus after a brief time in extended spring training before the Indians decide he's ready to join the big club. 2012-04-15 10:40:29 -0400

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