Carlos Santana cleared to play

CLEVELAND -- Indians catcher Carlos Santana has been cleared to resume all on-field activities following a six-month checkup after knee surgery.

Santana injured his knee in a home-plate collision on Aug. 2 in Boston and had surgery to repair a ligament four days later. On Monday, Dr. Richard Parker, the Cleveland Cavaliers' team physician, examined Santana's knee in Arizona and gave him the go-ahead to take batting practice and catch.

Santana will begin position-specific agility drills and baserunning next week. He's on target to play in games during the first week of the exhibition season.

The 24-year-old was brought up by the Indians last June. He batted .260 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 46 games.