By August Fagerstrom
Beacon Journal sports writer
CLEVELAND: The Indians placed center fielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list with left hamstring tightness before Sunday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Royals.
Bourn required surgery on the same hamstring in the offseason after injuring it in the final game of the 2013 regular season. He started this season on the disabled list after experiencing tightness shortly before Opening Day. Bourn insists this injury is in a different area than the previous injuries. He says those were more on the inside of his leg, and 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 it’s 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 for Bourn to return this coming weekend before the All-Star break, but he said they would rather give him 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.”
Holt up from Triple-A
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’s done, really, everything the organization has asked him to do, moving level-to-level, and done it in a really professional way. I think it’s kind of nice to be able to reward guys who do it right.”
Holt had 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).
Gomes under the radar
After a rocky start to the season, riddled by throwing errors that made many question the contract extension handed out to him in the offseason, Yan Gomes has quietly put together an All-Star caliber season regardless of whether he is actually selected.
Among American League catchers, Gomes is third offensively by OPS (.729), first with his arm (20-of-55) and grades out as one of the league’s better pitch framers. Put all that together and you get perhaps the most well-rounded catcher in the American League.
August Fagerstrom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.