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Naquin activated, Alonso put on family leave

First baseman expected to miss at least three days
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CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona announced Friday that outfielder Tyler Naquin has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Naquin, who's been sidelined since May 12 with a strained left hamstring, also started in center field for the Tribe for the beginning of a three-game series against the Twins.

To make room for Naquin on the 25-man roster, first baseman Yonder Alonso was placed on the Family Medical Emergency list, and he is expected to miss three to seven days.

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CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona announced Friday that outfielder Tyler Naquin has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Naquin, who's been sidelined since May 12 with a strained left hamstring, also started in center field for the Tribe for the beginning of a three-game series against the Twins.

To make room for Naquin on the 25-man roster, first baseman Yonder Alonso was placed on the Family Medical Emergency list, and he is expected to miss three to seven days.

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Francona also indicated outfielder Greg Allen will remain with the team during Alonso's absence. Allen has a .206/.250/.304 slash line through 32 games, and is 3-for-35 for the month of June heading into Friday's matchup with Minnesota. Francona, however, said he intends to send the rookie back down after Alonso's return.

"We wanted to give [Alonso] a couple days to take care of what he needs to," Francona said. "But I told Greg he would stay here with us, so he kind of knows the situation."

Naquin tweaked his hamstring while legging out a double on May 11 against Kansas City. In 30 games this season, Naquin is hitting .333 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs. He appeared in six games on a Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus from June 3 through Wednesday.

Injury updates

• Relief ace Andrew Miller threw another bullpen session Friday, and he has now thrown thrown four since being placed on the 10-day DL with right knee inflammation on May 26. Francona said it's unclear when Miller will be able to make a return, but both the team and Miller insisted on having the injury fully heal, rather than rushing back to game action.

"When we get him back, we want to keep him back," Francona said. "I don't feel like we're there where we can activate him and keep him where he needs to be, and I think he feels the same way. So that's why we're continuing to just throw these bullpens."

• Right-handed reliever Nick Goody received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday after experiencing soreness after progressing out to 100 feet during his return to a throwing program. Andrews confirmed the diagnosis of elbow hyperextension and posterior elbow inflammation in his throwing arm. Goody, who was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 31, received a PRP injection and will be shut down for at least three weeks.

• Left-hander Ryan Merritt allowed four hits and struck out one while going three innings during his first game on a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. Merritt has been dealing with a left knee sprain and left shoulder inflammation, and he was moved to the 60-day DL on May 15.

Danny Salazar has resumed a throwing program, "and by all accounts, so far he's doing pretty good," according to Francona. Salazar, a right-hander, has been on the DL since March 29 with right shoulder impingement. Francona said it seems Salazar's progress has been promising, but the team is still being cautious with getting the pitcher fully recovered.

"Now he's done pretty good up to this point lots of times," Francona quipped. "It's when we start getting to the maximum intensity, but I'd still rather hear good stuff than not."

Play Ball

• Indians starter Carlos Carrasco and shortstop Francisco Lindor will be featured on MLB Network's kid-focused show "Play Ball" on Saturday, which premieres at 10 a.m. ET. "Play Ball" features MLB stars discussing reaching the big leagues, providing advice to kids aiming to get better at the game, and sharing one-on-one demonstrations with MLB Network analysts.

The episode will feature a batting-cage demo with Lindor and a discussion with Carrasco, which includes how the right-hander was exposed to baseball for the first time. Fans can also watch the clips of Lindor and Carrasco on YouTube.

Father's Day

• With efforts to raise awareness about prostate cancer and raise funds for research to fight the disease, Major League Baseball announced on Friday details to aid the campaign.

During Father's Day games, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic blue ribbon on their uniforms along with blue wristbands. Also, for the third consecutive season, players will wear specially designed light blue caps with the team color on the brim. Players will also have the option to wear multipattern blue-dyed socks as well as a special hooded fleece during batting practice.

MLB will donate all royalty payments from the sales of specialty caps and apparel to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer. The effort also includes the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation "Home Run Challenge," which gives fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation for every home run hit by their favorite team from June 1 through Sunday.

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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