Indians Designate Thomas Neal For Assignment

The Indians announced that they have designated outfielder Thomas Neal for assignment.  The move will allow them to make room for Nick Swisher on the 40-man roster.

Neal, 25, was rated as a top 100 prospect before the 2010 season as a member of the Giants organization.  He was then traded to the Indians in July 2011 for Orlando Cabrera in a deal that allowed Cleveland to give their own youngsters more playing time.  Neal spent the 2012 season with Double-A Akron and posted a .314/.400/.467 slash line in 470 plate appearances.  He also spent nine games on the Tribe's varsity squad last year.

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