(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – The Cleveland Indians will probably be without their leadoff hitter the next few days; they’re hoping it’s not too long. Michael Bourn suffered mild tightness in his left hamstring during the Tribe’s 5-1 split-squad victory over the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale on Sunday.
The Indians announced the injury to the media in Mesa, Ariz. where Terry Francona was managing the other split-squad who was playing the Chicago Cubs. Bench coach Brad Mills took over the managing duties for the day in Scottsdale.
The club said Bourn was removed from the Cactus League exhibition contest for precautionary reasons and that he would be revaluated on Monday at the team’s player development complex.
Bourn’s left hamstring was surgically repaired following last season’s AL-Wildcard game loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Up until this point in spring camp the hamstring has not appeared to bother Bourn who has maintained he’s looking to steal more bases this upcoming season and has also added more bunting to his repertoire.
An update will be given on Bourn’s status Monday morning.
Meanwhile, the Indians improved to 14-3-2 in Cactus League play following a sweep of both split-squad games. The Tribe also won against the Cubs 3-2.
- Nick Camino