Heard and seen before Tuesday's opener of the short two-game series against Philadelphia. Clubhouse confidential: Center fielder Michael Bourn will play several minor-league games as part of a rehab assignment -- but he is not at that stage. Bourn has been on the disabled list since April 15 because of a lacerated right index finger that required five stitches. "It's frustrating to watch games, but I don't have a choice," Bourn said. "The finger is getting better, but there's still stiffness." Bourn is hitting .333 in 10 games. He was spiked while diving into first against the White Sox on April 14. Unhappy Jack: During a pregame meeting with reporters Tuesday, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel spoke of a lonely former pupil. Jim Thome, the Tribe's all-time leader with 337 homers, is working out, waiting for a call to resume his career. Thome played a combined 58 games for Baltimore and Philadelphia last season.
Michael Bourn playing the waiting game with injured finger
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 1