There has been a great deal of skepticism surrounding Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn and his readiness to start the 2014 season in recent days, and now, that worry has been realized with an official placement on the 15-day disabled list.
Antonetti said Bourn (headed to 15-day DL with hamstring injury) would first be eligible to return for April 5 game in Cleveland.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 24, 2014
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Bourn is headed to the DL immediately with a return date of April 5th at the latest, and for a speed guy, a hamstring injury is never encouraging. The 31-year-old Bourn had his worst season in a half-decade in 2013, when he achieved only 2.0 fWAR due to missed time and a lowering on-base percentage (.316), and with the majority of his value coming from his legs on defense and the basepaths, that’s an issue.
Still, Bourn has always been a reliable defender and stolen base generator, and it appears as if Cleveland is taking the cautious approach in an effort to get him back to full strength upon his immediate return. If he can rediscover his 30-40 stolen base upside with Gold Glove-caliber defense, the Indians will be happy that they were so careful.