The Indians announced today that outfielder Ezequiel Carrera has been recalled from AAA Columbus. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, outfielder Johnny Damon has been designated for assignment.
The initial question on this move might be why Damon instead of Shelley Duncan?
A quick glance shows that Damon and Shelley Duncan are both hitting .222. Duncan has a slightly better on-base percentage and slugging percentage: .316 OBP vs. Damon’s .281 and .416 SLG vs. Damon’s .329. Defensively, Damon has a .980 fielding percentage vs. Duncan’s .972. Even though Duncan is out of options, I can’t help but think Duncan’s days in the Bigs are numbered. A low number.