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Indians sign David Lough to minor league contract

The Tribe added depth to their outfield unit as they signed 31-year-old veteran David Lough to a minor league deal with an assignment to Triple-A Columbus.

The Columbus Clippers have been mulling both internal and external options for their shorthanded outfield over the last week.

Bradley Zimmer is carving out a role in the big leagues, Austin Jackson is nearing the end of his rehab assignment, Tyler Naquin (lower back tightness) is on the disabled list and Greg Allen (broken right hand) is not ready for a promotion from Double-A.

Help is on the way.

The Indians signed Akron native David Lough to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A on Tuesday morning. A graduate of Green High School, Lough figures to be in the outfield rotation alongside Yandy Diaz, Richie Shaffer and Ronny Rodriguez, all players who made strides in the Cactus League this spring.

Lough has just over three years (3.028) of major league service time and features a .254/.300/.371 slash line with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 13 home runs and 67 RBIs in 342 games between the Royals (2012-13), Orioles (2014-15) and Phillies (2016).

Kansas City selected him in the 11th round (336th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Mercyhurst College.

Most recently, Lough batted .169/.210/.203 (10-for-59) at Triple-A Toledo with a career-high strikeout rate (25.4%) and groundball rate (54.8%) before the Tigers released him on May 17.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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