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Friday, July 18, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Justin Masterson, Michael Bourn, Chris Dickerson


By on 7/18/2014 09:00:00 AM

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Sunday, July 20. If all goes well, he could re-join the Indians by July 25. In addition, left fielder Chris Dickerson (left hamstring) will play Friday at the Detroit Tigers, but the Indians are still making plans for center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring).



Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes reports that the Indians will send Masterson to Triple-A Columbus after the right-hander threw a very good bullpen session Thursday.
Masterson is recovering from inflammation in his right knee. He will have no set limit on the number of pitches because he will have missed only one start since his disablement on July 8. He is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 19 starts. Hoynes quoted him as saying that he understands that he needs to pitch better in the second half. Said Masterson,
"In terms of the team, absolutely. I feel like I'm definitely one of the guys on the team that when I'm doing well everyone is having a good time and doing well, too.
Meanwhile, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian announced the news about Dickerson and Bourn Thursday night.
Dickerson sat out the final two games before the break, but the Indians Injury Report says that he is well enough to play after having a week off. He is listed as day-to-day. In five games since his call-up, Dickerson is 8 for 17.

Bourn went on the disabled list on July 6 with a strained left hamstring. The Indians expect him to miss a total of three to four weeks, setting his return for late July to early August. He has played the entire season with soreness, and it shows. In 66 games, he is hitting .266 with 3 HR, 21 RBI, and 7 SB, well below expectations when he signed with Cleveland last year.


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