The Cleveland Indians placed center fielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list with left hamstring tightness prior to Sunday afternoon's home game against Kansas City. He is scheduled for an MRI later today.
Bourn sustained the injury while rounding third base in the ninth inning of Saturday's 7-3 victory over the Royals.
Bourn required surgery on the same hamstring in the offseason after injuring it in the final game of the 2013 regular season. He then started the 2014 season the disabled list after experiencing tightness shortly prior to Opening Day. Though this is just the second disabled list stint for Bourn, it's now the fourth time the troublesome left hamstring has flared up in the last nine months.
Though it is the same hamstring, Bourn insists this injury is in a different area than the previous injuries. He says those were more on the inside of his leg, while this one is on the outside.
“I think that's actually probably better," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Regardless of where it is, the severity is more important just because its been repaired."
Coming from both Francona and Bourn, the injury doesn't sound too serious. Francona said the best-case scenario given to him by the team's athletic trainer was the upcoming weekend before the All-Star Break, but that they would rather him have the four-day break to get his legs under him. Bourn said this injury felt totally different than the initial one that required surgery last year.
"It wasn’t that kind of feeling," Bourn said. "That was a different kind of feeling. I knew right away then that something was wrong. I don’t feel like that this time. It’s just tight. I know my body pretty well.”
The Indians promoted outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus to take Bourn's place on the roster.
“He can play all outfield positions and go out there and play center," Francona said. "He swings at strikes. He’s done, really, everything the organization has asked him to do, moving level-to-level, and done it in a really professional way. He’s a good teammate. I think it’s kind of nice to be able to reward guys who do it right.”
Holt held a .304 batting average, .427 on-base percentage and an .812 OPS through 74 games split between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He hit two home runs and was 21-for-24 on stolen base attempts. He also walked more times (56) than he struck out (51).
“I think he can do a little bit of everything and he’s pretty reliable," Francona said. "For a young player, that’s a big compliment.”
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