When Michael Bourn arrived in the clubhouse late Wednesday afternoon still wearing street clothes while most of his teammates were already dressed in their uniforms and beginning their pre-game activities, it was obvious he wasn’t going to be in the starting lineup against the visiting Chicago White Sox that evening.
The Indians centerfielder suffered a sprained right wrist after sliding into second base in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game. But since he wasn’t wearing a brace or any kind of wrap on the sore wrist, the news wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
“I think it’s Ok,” said Bourn, whose batting .260 with 21 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 48 RBI in 127 games. “I just jammed it into the ground. I went pretty hard and it was sore, so I had to come out the game…I want to play, but we’re being precautionary.”
Although X-rays were negative, Indians manager Terry Francona insisted on Bourn taking a break Wednesday.
“It’s day-to-day,” Francona said. “He's a tough little kid, man. I just think that giving him a day to take a blow and let him get some treatment all day (will be good). I know where we're at in the standings. I get all that. I just think we're best served by letting him get some treatment, so when he does play he can be Bourny and not part of Bourny.”
But if need be, there’s still a chance Bourn could get into the game late.
“He's available to run the bases tonight,” Francona said. “He'll probably guard (the wrist) a little more than he has in the past, when he runs the bases, he’ll protect it…it wouldn't be shocking if he ends up getting in the game later, we’ll see how it goes.”