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• Pitching prospect Trevor Bauer has been knocked around on the mound lately, but Francona isn't worried. He said when considering up-and-comers, it's important to look beyond the box score, which in Bauer's case includes an 0-2 record and 10.45 ERA over the past two outings for Triple-A Columbus.

"We're trying to develop guys for when they get to the Major League level, they can execute what they're supposed to," Francona said. "He's progressing, and I think he's excited about where he's getting."

• Francona said there were no changes regarding the timetables of return for injured right-handers Chris Perez and Brett Myers. Both are dealing with tendinitis -- Myers in the elbow, Perez in the shoulder -- and will be evaluated on Sunday.

• The Indians signed right-hander Chris Jakubauskas on Thursday to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Columbus. Jakubauskas, 34, is 8-10 with a 5.58 ERA over 69 big league appearances from 2009-11. He was released by the Brewers on May 21.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.