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Indians to put Michael Bourn on DL; Cord Phelps "deserves'' call-up

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 16, 2013

CLEVELAND:: The cut on Micheal Bourn's right index finger has turned out to be more than a nuisance injury.

Indians anager Terry Francona said this afternoon that Bourn, the starting center fielder, would go on the disabled list in a day or two, which means he wil be lost to the team until April 30 at the earlierst.

The cut required five stitches to close, so it was presumed that Bourn would be out from five to seven days, the time it took before the stitches could be removed, but that is not the case.

With catcher Carlos Santana back after missing four games because of a sore thumb, the Tribe optioned catcher Omir Santos to Triple-A Columbus and called up infielder Cord Phelps.

"He deserves it,' Francona said of Phelps. "He gives us a left-handed bat, a complementary bat. He couldn't have played any better [in spring training].''

Phelps batted .375 with four doubles, one triple, three home runs and seven RBI in 23 exhibition games.

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