Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is expected to miss at least a week with a hamstring injury suffered in Sunday's road game against the San Francisco Giants.
Manager Terry Francona said he would not push Bourn to play when the Indians open the season March 31 at Oakland.
"I'm not worried about it. I think I'll be ready for Opening Day," Bourn said. "But I'm going to make sure I'm healthy. It's a long season."
Francona said he didn't know how long Bourn's progression of rest, treatment and testing would take. He said Bourn would start hitting before he plays in a game. If Bourn is not available for Opening Day or the three-game series against the A's, Francona will accept that.
"We'd love to have him, but if he's not ready we wouldn't play him," Francona said of Opening Day. "That doesn't make sense to me."
Bourn said he did not have an MRI. He was examined by doctors just before 10 a.m. MST Monday at the Indians' Goodyear training complex.
"I feel pretty good actually," Bourn said. "It was a little sore yesterday. Kind of cramped up on me, tweaked it as I was going (from) first to third. It feels much better today, doesn't hurt as much,
"They're going to take it slow with me, of course. I had strength in it just now as I tested it. I feel very upbeat about it."
Bourn left the Indians’ split-squad game against the Giants in the second inning at Scottsdale Stadium with what the Tribe initially said was “mild left hamstring tightness.” Monday Bourn called it a "mild strain."
Bourn went 1 for 2 against the Giants with a run scored.
Bourn underwent surgery on the same hamstring on Oct. 15. Bourn was originally hurt trying to steal second base in the final game of the regular season Sept. 29. He managed to play three days later in the American League Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"I feel positive about it," Bourn said. "It's not in the same spot I had surgery on. All my attachmentments are attached together. They called it a mild strain, so I'm happy with that."
Until Sunday, Bourn had been running well with no post-surgery problems.
Asked if he was worried that about the hamstring affecting him all year, he said, "No, because it's not the same thing. You always have to be leery of that, try to stay on top of it to make sure everything's OK. That's why I'm going to try to take my time and not rush back into spring training games. If I have to go without playing in spring training games, that would be fine with me. I think I'll be able to play before I leave here and get a few more at-bats before this gets kicked off."
In the 2013 off-season, Bourn signed a four-year, $48 million contract. According to figures on baseballreference.com, his salary nearly doubles this year, jumping from $7 million in 2013 to $13.5 million in 2014.