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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 5: Kosuke Fukudome #1 celebrates with Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians after Fukadome hit a solo home run during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 5, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 5: Kosuke Fukudome #1 celebrates with Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians after Fukadome hit a solo home run during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 5, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians catcher Carlos Santana will get at-bats in a minor league game, the next step in his return from a concussion.

Santana has not played since May 25, when he was struck in the mask by a foul tip during a game in Chicago. Santana was placed on Major League Baseball’s seven-day concussion list last week. He will serve as a designated hitter for Lake County (A) on Monday night against Fort Wayne.

Santana caught a bullpen session and took batting practice on Sunday. Indians manager Manny Acta is optimistic Santana will be able to play Tuesday night when the Indians open a three-game series in Detroit. Santana must pass mandatory MLB tests before he can be cleared to play.

Santana is batting .245 with five homers and 24 RBIs.

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