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• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, who recently returned from the 15-day disabled list after a left hamstring injury, was out of the lineup on Saturday following three consecutive games played. Entering Saturday, Bourn was 1-for-13 with one stolen base, two walks, two runs and five strikeouts since rejoining the Tribe.

"He's certainly not in midseason form. I don't know how you would be," Francona said. "The only way to get guys going is to run them out there and let them do their thing. He'll find it. He'll start impacting us."

• Veteran right-hander Shaun Marcum, who signed a Minor League contract with Cleveland over the winter, remains in Arizona while coming back from the July surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome. Francona said Marcum has been built up to three innings, but there remains no timetable for when he will join a Minor League affiliate.

"We never wanted to have a timeline," Francona said, "because we didn't think that would be beneficial. If you have an artificial timeline and he's not ready to show what he can do, that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. So we're totally going off of how he feels."

• Indians catching prospect Jake Lowery was struck in the face with a pitch during Double-A Akron's 7-6 win over Bowie on Friday, sustaining a right orbital fracture. Lowery is scheduled to be examined at Cleveland Clinic early next week to further establish a plan or treatment and recovery.

Lowery posted this message on Twitter (@jlowery3) on Saturday: "Thanks to everyone for reaching out with prayers, texts, and messages! Much appreciated and I'm starting to feel better!"

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