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MLB Roundup: Indians' Bourn goes on DL, Angels' Madson improving

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The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Monday, April 15, with a lacerated right finger.

Bourn injured the finger sliding headfirst into first base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the White Sox when Chicago left-hander Matt Thornton accidentally stepped on him. Bourne received five stitches.

The 30-year-old Bourn is hitting .333 (14 for 45) with two homers and two RBI in 10 games. He's also tied for 10th in the American League in extra-base hits with seven.

In another roster move, the Indians recalled right-hander Corey Kluber from Class AAA Columbus. Kluber had two starts for Columbus and was 1-1. He was with the Indians from April 10 to April 12 before being sent to the minors.

---After working through a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday without problems, Angels right-hander Ryan Madson hopes to return by May 1 from a sore elbow that forced him to miss spring training.

The next step in his recovery is to pitch to live hitters on Friday.

"This is the closest I've felt to being normal," Madson said Tuesday. "I felt great today. No issues at all."

The Angels can use Madson's return to their short-handed bullpen. Reliever Kevin Jepsen is on the disabled list and Garrett Richards has replaced injured starter Jered Weaver in the rotation.

---Two minor-league pitchers in the Boston Red Sox organizations were suspended Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.

Right-hander Gerson Bautista and left-hander Miguel Pena each received 50-game suspensions without pay in accordance with league policy.

Bautista tested positive for Stanozolol. He plays for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox and will serve his suspension at the start of the league's season.

Pena had a second positive test for an unspecified "drug of abuse." His suspension begins immediately. Pena is on the Salem Red Sox roster in the Class A Carolina League.
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