Mar 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (24) runs to third base in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Indians OF Michael Bourn headed to disabled list with hamstring injury

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.

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.

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