Indians catcher close to return
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By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) Indians catcher Carlos Santana will get at-bats in a minor league game, the next step in his return from a concussion.
Santana has not played since May 25, when he was struck in the mask by a foul tip during a game in Chicago. Santana was placed on Major League Baseball's seven-day concussion list last week. He will serve as a designated hitter for Lake County (A) on Monday night against Fort Wayne.
Santana caught a bullpen session and took batting practice on Sunday. Indians manager Manny Acta is optimistic Santana will be able to play Tuesday night when the Indians open a three-game series in Detroit. Santana must pass mandatory MLB tests before he can be cleared to play.
Santana is batting .245 with five homers and 24 RBIs.
Updated June 4, 2012