Sidelined since the end of spring training with a left hamstring injury, Michael Bourn said he felt good recently while playing a couple games at Triple-A Columbus at the start of his rehab assignment. Now, his final test before being activated is to play in back-to-back rehab games at Akron Thursday and Friday.
Asked if he were anxious to return, Bourn admitted he was. At the same time, he said he understands why patience with the same hamstring that required surgery in the off season (albeit in a different area) is the smarter choice.
“I'm trying to be patient and make the right decision and let my leg tell me what’s best,” Bourn said. “It's still a long season and it's early. Of course I want to be back out there playing. I like playing baseball.”
In Bourn’s absence, Nyjer Morgan has filled in well in six games, batting .389 (7-for-18) with a .520 on-base percentage.
“He’s been on base more than half the time,” Indians manager Terry Francona said when asked about one speedy outfielder's effectiveness in place of the other.