Smoke signals

• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain) had his Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Columbus rained out Monday. Francona said Bourn will likely need between two to four rehab games before potentially rejoining Cleveland during its upcoming road trip through Chicago and Detroit.

"I had a nice talk with him," Francona said Monday. "I said, 'Hey man, just tell me how you're doing.' He understands. He's got a good feel. We know he wants to play. We also want him to play when he's able to play. I just kind of assured him that when he comes back, he doesn't have to play 10 in a row. But, we also want him to affect the game with his legs and be himself."

• Indians designated hitter and pinch hitter Jason Giambi (broken rib in his right side) is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on April 14. If Giambi continues to progress well, Francona said Cleveland will probably scheduled a couple of Minor League rehab games for the veteran with the idea of aligning with his activation date.

• Indians reliever Bryan Shaw has not allowed an earned run since surrendering two against the Tigers on Aug. 31 of last season. Following a streak of 15 1/3 innings without an earned run in Septmber, the right-hader has opened this season with no earned runs in his first 2 1/3 innings.

• The club announced on Monday that Court Berry-Tripp has been promoted to the role of assistant director of baseball information. Berry-Tripp joined Cleveland's public relations team before the 2012 season as the coordinator of baseball information.

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