Damon still hoping to play next season

CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — Former Red Sox star Johnny Damon, who played for Thailand in a recent World Baseball Classic qualifying round, said Thursday night he would welcome a chance to play in 2013 in the right situation.

Damon, 39, hit .222 for the Indians in 64 games last season before being released.

“I liked being home last season with my kids. But I’m in shape and if I could play, I would,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. I still think I have something left if I am used the right way.”

Damon played 18 years in the majors with seven teams. He hit .284 with a .785 OPS and won two World Series rings.

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Damon and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor are the only players in history with at least 2,700 hits, 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 home runs and 400 stolen bases.

Damon is attending the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic this weekend.

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