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Michael Bourn injury: Indians CF to have stitches removed Thursday

Indians CF Michael Bourn is set to have his stitches removed on Thursday.

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The Cleveland Indians placed center fielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list last week when he suffered a hand laceration that required five stitches. The speedster is slated to have those stitches removed on Thursday, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

Bourn sustained his injury while attempting a head-first slide into first base. He hit a ball to Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn, and reliever Matt Thornton -- who was covering the bag -- stepped on Bourn's finger. This resulted in a fairly deep cut to Bourn's right index finger.

Prior to his injury, Bourn was off to a solid start for the Indians. The offseason acquisition hit .293/.341/.512 with seven extra-base hits over his first 44 plate appearances.

Considering the Indians have a seemingly infinite amount of outfielders on the roster, they were able to cover the loss of Bourn. Cleveland moved Drew Stubbs over to center, Nick Swisher to right field and Mark Reynolds and Jason Giambi to first base.

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