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Indians' Bourn heads to DL

CLEVELAND — The Indians will be without their leadoff hitter, starting centerfielder and top base-stealing threat for at least two weeks.

Michael Bourn's loss creates some big holes.

As expected, the team placed Bourn on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a cut right index finger that needed five stitches.

The inside of Bourn's finger got sliced open Sunday when he got stepped on by White Sox LHP Matt Thornton while diving into first base in the eighth inning. The cut is near the joint in, and the injury would impact his ability to throw or grip a bat.

Manager Terry Francona said he thinks Bourn should be nearly ready to play when he's eligible to come off the DL on April 30.

COACH INJURED: Astros bullpen coach Jeff Murphy pulled his left hamstring and bruised the knee when a protective screen was blown down and fell on him.

ANGELS: RHP Ryan Madson, out all season recovering from elbow surgery, felt good after a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and is scheduled to throw again Friday.

BLUE JAYS: RF Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup for a third straight game with a sore back.

BRAVES: C Brian McCann had his rehab from shoulder surgery delayed and flew back to Atlanta to have his right wrist looked at by doctors. … 1B Freddie Freeman, out since April 6 with a strained oblique muscle, is scheduled to begin a brief rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Gwinnett.

BREWERS: RH reliever Francisco Rodriguez agreed to a minor-league contract.

DODGERS: LHP Chris Capuano went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf muscle. C Tim Federowicz was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.

PADRES: 3B Chase Headley, who had been out all season with a fractured left thumb, was activated from the 15-day disabled list. CF Cameron Maybin went on the disabled list because of a left wrist injury.

RED SOX: RHP Gerson Bautista and LHP Miguel Pena were suspended for 50 games each after positive tests under baseball's minor-league drug program.

YANKEES: 1B Mark Teixeira took his first swings in a pool as he ramps up his rehabilitation from a partially torn sheath in his right wrist.

Indians' Bourn heads to DL 04/17/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:10pm]
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