Indians to sign INF Cristian Guzman

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Infielder Cristian Guzman has taken a physical for the Cleveland Indians and says he will sign a minor league contract with the club.

Guzman was spotted in the hallway of the Indians' training facility Tuesday as players took physicals before the team's first official workouts this week. Later, Guzman took an empty stall in Cleveland's clubhouse and said he will likely sign Wednesday.

Guzman has played for Minnesota, Washington and Texas. He sat out last season because of a shoulder injury. He had surgery in 2009 when he was with the Nationals and played for Indians manager Manny Acta.

Guzman said Acta called and asked the 33-year-old if he wanted to keep playing.

The switch hitter has a career. 271 average in 11 seasons. He batted .316 for the National in 2008.