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• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, who signed a four-year contract worth $48 million over the offseason, spent parts of the previous two seasons with the Braves. Bourn was happy to be back in Atlanta to see his old teammates and face his former team.

"I had fun while I was here," Bourn said. "We had a good team both years. One year we didn't make it [to the playoffs] and one year we did, but we lost in the first round. But we enjoyed ourselves and had good camaraderie on the team. I enjoyed all of it."

• Indians starter Corey Kluber, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right middle finger since Aug. 6, threw fastballs and changeups off a mound in a bullpen session on Monday. The righty added sliders and cutters during a flat-ground throwing workout Tuesday, and will return to the mound on Wednesday.

"He had good command and no problems," said Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, referring to Kluber's latest mound session. "I think it went better than we probably could've imagined."

• Indians right-hander Brett Myers -- sidelined since late April with a right elbow injury -- logged one shutout inning of relief with a pair of strikeouts in a Minor League rehab outing for Double-A Akron on Monday. Indians manager Terry Francona said Myers still needs more appearances in the Minors before possibly being activated from the 60-day disabled list.

• On Tuesday, the Indians named Class A (high) Carolina right-hander Joe Colon the organization's Minor League Player of the Week for Aug. 19-26. On Thursday, the 23-year-old Colon turned in seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks in a win over Lynchburg, which went just 4-for-24 at the plate against the righty.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.
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