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Santana quickly recovering from bruised thumb

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CLEVELAND -- Catcher Carlos Santana continues to progress well after taking a fastball off his left hand during the ninth inning of Monday's game against the Yankees.

Santana, whose thumb was bruised after he was crossed up on a pitch from closer Chris Perez, caught a bullpen session and hit in the indoor batting cages on Thursday. Manager Terry Francona is pleased with Santana's seemingly quick recovery.

"I asked him, 'If you had your choice, when would you play?' He said, 'Tomorrow,'" Francona said on Thursday. "I don't think that's going to happen, but I think that's really good news. That means he's not very far off and that the process is moving along quickly."

With Santana unavailable, the Indians are carrying two catchers: Yan Gomes and Omir Santos. When Cleveland deems Santana ready to return, as a backup possibility at the very least, one of the others will likely be sent back to Triple-A Columbus.

Through seven games, the switch-hitting Santana has hit .500 with two home runs, four doubles, four walks, five runs and five RBIs.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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