CLEVELAND (AP) _ Catcher Ron Karkovice, who didn't play a game with the Cleveland Indians after signing a minor league contract with them in January, was unconditionally released Monday by mutual agreement.

Karkovice, 34, who played his entire 12-year major league career with the Chicago White Sox, signed with the Indians on Jan. 13. He was put on the disabled list at Class AA Akron on March 29 with a strained right elbow.

Karkovice was a first-round pick of the White Sox in the 1982 amateur draft and played 10 full seasons with the White Sox. He has a .221 career batting average, but hit .181 last season in 51 games.

His best season was 1993 when he had career highs of 20 home runs and 54 RBIs.