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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - John McDonald has rejoined the Cleveland Indians nearly nine years after playing his last game for his first major league team.

McDonald was in uniform and on the bench for the Indians' game Tuesday night in Texas.

The Indians reacquired the 38-year utility infielder from Pittsburgh on Monday. He was sent to the Indians after the Pirates recalled him from a rehab assignment and activated him from the 15-day disabled list.

Since playing the first six seasons of his career from 1999-2004, McDonald has since played for Toronto, Detroit, Arizona and Pittsburgh. He was only 2 for 31 in 16 games for the Pirates this season, and is a career .240 hitter.

To make room on their 25-man roster, Cleveland optioned infielder Juan Diaz to AAA Columbus.

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