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Johnny Damon's new deal official

Updated: April 17, 2012, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Johnny Damon has left the on-deck circle. He's officially with the Cleveland Indians.

Next stop: The starting lineup -- and maybe the 3,000-hit club.

The 38-year-old outfielder signed a minor league contract on Tuesday, the next step before he joins the major league club and possibly moves into a permanent spot in left field. The sides agreed on a $1.25 million deal last week, when the Indians were off to a sluggish start with a team batting average below .200.

However, ...

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