It appears Zach Walters is inching closer to his return.
The 25-year-old versatile switch-hitter will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, the Indians announced on Monday.
Walters has been sidelined since mid-March due to the high-grade oblique strain he suffered in Spring Training. He began the season on the 15-day disabled list and has continued his rehab at the team facility in Goodyear, Arizona.
The Indians acquired the young slugger at the trade deadline in 2014. After coming over from the Nationals, Walters hit .170 (83 OPS+) with seven homers in 30 games for Cleveland.
While his power is off the charts, making consistent contact has been challenging for Walters. Last season, he struck out 48 times in 127 Major League at bats between Washington and Cleveland.
However, his ability to play multiple positions makes him a valuable commodity for the Indians.