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• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, who is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, is scheduled to test his left hamstring in a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Thursday and Friday.

• Francona used lefty-hitting Nyjer Morgan as the leadoff man against A's right-hander Sonny Gray for Monday's game. Against Kazmir, Francona plans on having switch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera atop the order. The manager is mixing and matching until Bourn returns from the DL.

• Francona said that catcher Yan Gomes "got hit pretty good" on the left elbow by a pitch from A's closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning on Monday. Gomes was still in the lineup on Tuesday (before the game was postponed) and is expected to be on the field Wednesday.

• Indians fifth starter Carlos Carrasco had his final tuneup outing on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks in a Double-A game in Arizona. Francona said the reports on the outing were good, especially considering the game was an early morning contest.

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