December 18, 2014

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Indians notes: Bourn likely to miss time

CLEVELAND — Though it appears he is not destined for the disabled list, center fielder Michael Bourn is expected to miss time after sustaining a laceration to his right index finger Sunday that required five stitches.

Bourn was injured when White Sox reliever Matt Thornton stepped on his hand during a head-first slide into first base in the eighth inning of the Indians’ 3-1 loss Sunday at Progressive Field.

“They said no ligaments were damaged and no joints were damaged,” Bourn said. “We’ll see how long it takes. It shouldn’t take that long. I just have to wait for the healing process.”

Bourn beat Thornton to the bag for an infield single, but got the worst of the exchange.

“I was just trying to get to the base before he did,” Bourn said. “I did, but I wound up getting hurt.”

Players are often criticized for sliding head-first into first and risking injury, but Cleveland manager Terry Francona isn’t against the move.

“I think you play the game. I think guys are competitive,” he said. “You don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but he’s trying to get to first base as fast as possible. Nobody ever asks you why you slide head-first into second base.”

Bourn said he was doubtful for the series opener with Boston on Tuesday. Drew Stubbs will likely shift to center, with Nick Swisher moving from first to right field. Mark Reynolds would take Swisher’s spot, with the Indians able to use a number of players in place of Reynolds at designated hitter.

In other injury news:

  • Jason Kipnis (left elbow soreness) missed his second straight game, but Francona said the second baseman is improving.
  • Carlos Santana (left thumb bruise) was not in the lineup for the third straight game, but he drew a pinch-hit walk in the ninth inning. Santana is expected to start behind the plate Tuesday. “He should be good to go,” Francona said.
  • Scott Kazmir (right rib cage strain) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus today. The left-hander is eligible to leave the disabled list Wednesday, and is expected to make his season debut Sunday at Houston.

First time

Veteran Jason Giambi made his season debut, going hitless in four trips to the plate as the designated hitter.

Giambi, who was activated from the disabled list Friday, flew out deep to center to end the game as the tying run at the plate.

“It was fun to be out there,” Giambi said. “I felt pretty good. I had kind of a long layoff, but it was exciting to be out there.”

Ruffling featherheads

White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy drew heat for some disparaging comments he made about Cleveland on Twitter.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, Peavy tweeted: “Just another beautiful day in Cleveland!! Has this phrase every seriously been uttered?? #miserable,” adding a picture of the visiting dugout at Progressive Field with rain water running into a drain.

Then, after some apparent responses from Cleveland fans, Peavy tweeted: “Sorry I was suppose 2 get excited Ab it being 40 & raining! Like i said #miserable! nothing 2 do w/ city but all 2 do w/ the weather here!!!”

Though he said he had not seen Peavy’s tweets beforehand, Cleveland closer Chris Perez tweeted his song of the day Sunday was Green Day’s “Welcome to Paradise.”

Next up

The Indians are off today, wrapping up their first homestand of the year with a three-game series against Boston that begins Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1, 6.97 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, opposing LHP Felix Doubront (0-0, 5.40), while Justin Masterson (3-0, 0.41) squares off Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Alfredo Aceves (0-0, 6.75).

Zach McAllister (1-1, 2.19) starts for the Indians in the series finale Thursday (7:05 p.m.) against LHP Jon Lester (2-0, 1.42).

Minor details

Prized pitching prospect Trevor Bauer won his debut for Columbus on Saturday, allowing just a run on four hits, while striking out nine over six innings of a 2-1 victory over Indianapolis. … Double-A Akron left fielder Quincy Latimore went 3-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs in the Aeros’ 7-6 loss to Bowie on Saturday. Latimore, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Pirates for right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, entered Sunday batting .346.

Roundin’ third

Nick Swisher’s hitting streak at Progressive Field came to an end at 20 games. It equals Philadelphia’s Michael Young for the longest streak ever at Jacobs/Progressive Field. … Bourn became just the second Cleveland player — Matt Lawton in 2004 — in Jacobs/Progressive Field history to homer on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning.

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