CLEVELAND: As promised on Tuesday, Michael Bourn went on the disabled list officially on Wednesday.
Bourn’s DL stint was backdated to Monday, so he cannot be activated until at least April 30.
Five stitches were needed to close a cut on his right index finger, sustained on Sunday, when he slid into first trying to beat Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton to the bag.
Manager Terry Francona thinks that Bourn will be ready to play when he is eligible to come off the DL.
“That would be my hope, when the stitches come out,” he said. “It should be very close.”
WHO’S UP FIRST? — Bourn will have to vacate the leadoff spot for at least a couple of weeks.
Last night in his absence, Drew Stubbs batted in the first position, but he won’t necessarily be there all the time.
“Michael Brantley is in there tonight,” Francona said. “But it will depend on different things. We need to get a couple of guys going. Once we get [Asdrubal] Cabrera going, it will look a lot better around the top of the lineup.”
KLUBER SIGHTING — Corey Kluber has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus only six days after he was optioned to Triple-A, an apparent violation of the rules.
Players sent to the minors must stay there for at least 10 days. But there is an exception: If the player is replacing someone who is injured, he doesn’t have to wait that long, and Kluber is taking Bourn’s roster spot.
The first time he was summoned from Columbus, Kluber’s task was to make a spot start. This time, he will be in the bullpen, but he will be on the alert for anything.
“He’s in the bullpen right now,” Francona said. “But for whatever reason, if something comes up, Kluber gives us some protection.”
Scott Kazmir is scheduled to make his first start of the season after being on the DL with a strained rib cage. He made one rehab appearance for the Clippers and threw a bullpen session Wednesday and reported no ill effects.
“He had some normal soreness from the bullpen, which is good,” Francona said. “But we are trying to cover everything.”
TRIVIA PURSUIT — According to Elias Sports Bureau, 15 strikeouts by the Indians’ relief corps Tuesday night set a franchise record.
“What that shows is pure stuff by Cody Allen, Nick Hagadone, Rich Hill and Bryan Shaw,” Francona said. “They were throwing in the mid-90s with a breaking ball.”
Allen struck out six in three innings; Hagadone had three strikeouts in two innings; Hill whiffed one in one inning, and Shaw struck out all four batters he faced.
Also according to Elias, Tuesday night’s game was the first in the modern era (since 1900) in which two teams combined for at least 15 walks and at least 25 strikeouts.
FARM FACTS — Cody Anderson gave up two runs on four hits in five innings in Carolina’s 4-3 loss to Wilmington in Class A. Francisco Lindor and Anthony Gallas each had two hits. … Leonardo Castillo doubled twice, singled and drove in two runs, as Lake County defeated Dayton 10-4 in Class A. Logan Vick had three hits and two RBI.
— Sheldon Ocker