July 19, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Johnny Damon (33) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Cleveland Indians have released both Johnny Damon and Jeremy Accardo today and fired pitching coach Scott Radinsky.
Indians will release both Damon and Accardo today. Club still has one more day to make move with Lowe (release or trade).— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 9, 2012
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) August 9, 2012
#Indians fire radinsky as pitching coach. Ruben Niebla replaces him.
The Indians were on an 11-day losing streak before finally beating the Minnesota Twins 6-2 last night. They entered tonight's action 51-60, nine and a half games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central.
Damon hit .222/.281/.329 over 64 games for Cleveland. The 38-year-old was without a team until April 12, when he signed a one-year minor league contract worth $1.25 million. Based off the lack of interest this offseason, Damon could have a hard time finding a place to continue his case for 3,000 hits. He's still 231 hits short of that milestone.
Accardo had a 4.58 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 7.1 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 over thirty-five and one-thirds innings for the Indians. The highlight of his career was when he saved 30 games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007.
Radinsky had been a coach in the Indians' organization since 2005, and was in his first season as the team's pitching coach. Cleveland ranked 28th in the MLB with a 4.74 ERA.
Are Johnny Damon's playing days over?