According to a report from CBSSports.com’s Matt Snyder, Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Michael Bourn underwent minor hamstring surgery on Tuesday.
Bourn was injured in Cleveland’s final regular season game and the team says that the outfielder will be sidelined 4-6 weeks after the procedure before beginning his offseason training program.
According to the Associated Press, via the Washington Post, Bourn injured the hamstring while trying to steal second base in the Indians’ wild card clinching 5-1 win on September 29th against the Minnesota Twins.
This might help to explain why Bourn was virtually nonexistent in the Indians wild card loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bourn went 0-4 in that game and struck out twice in the Indians 4-0 defeat.
Last offseason, Bourn was one of the most coveted free agents, and signed late with the Indians to a 4-year $48 million contract.
The 30-year old outfielder had somewhat of a disappointing season, hitting just .263 with 23 stolen bases, a year after hitting .274 with 42 stolen bases for the Atlanta Braves.
Bourn is a two-time All Star, a former Gold Glove winner, and has won the National League stolen base crown three times in his career.
Having healthy hamstrings will be paramount to get him back on track in 2014.