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Indians activate Michael Bourn from the DL

Cleveland's center fielder is back just as the club is getting on a roll.

Jason Miller

The Cleveland Indians reinstated Michael Bourn from the disabled list on Thursday after their win over the Athletics, the team announced, which means the speedy center fielder should be back in the Tribe's lineup on Friday.

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The 30-year-old Bourn has been out with a laceration on his right index finger since April 14, just 10 games into his tenure in Cleveland. The Indians originally expected him to miss just five games, but opted to put him on the DL when it was determined that it would take longer for the stitches in his pointer finger to be removed.

Cleveland struggled when Bourn was first sidelined -- losing seven of its next 10 -- but has absolutely caught fire over the last week. The Tribe have now won nine of 10, which has pushed the club to three games over .500 and into the middle of the pack in the AL Central.

Drew Stubbs was manning center for the Indians in Bourn's absence, but he'll now likely move back to splitting time with Ryan Raburn in right field.

Left-hander Scott Barnes was optioned back to down to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the roster for Bourn. Called up to the Indians' bullpen twice in the last two weeks, Barnes appeared in just two games, tossing three innings of two-run ball across the pair of outings.

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