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Indians designate Jordan Brown for assignment

Indians designate Jordan Brown for assignment
January 6, 2011
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The Indians on Thursday officially added outfielder Austin Kearns to the 40-man roster. To make room for him, the Indians designated outfielder/first baseman Jordan Brown for assignment.

Brown, 27, made his major league debut on August 1st last season and played in just 26 games. He hit only .230 (20-for-87) with seven doubles, two RBI and had a .582 OPS. In 83 games at Triple-A Columbus last season he hit .298 with 28 doubles, one triple, eight homers, 67 RBI, and had a .804 OPS. In his six year minor league career he is a .306 hitter with an .840 OPS, has won two league MVP awards ('06 Kinston, '07 Akron), and two batting championships ('07 Akron, '09 Columbus).

The Indians now have ten days to trade, release or outright Brown to the minors. If Brown goes unclaimed on waivers, as a first time 40-man outright he cannot refuse an assignment to the minors and would be the Indians property for at least the 2011 season.

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