The Cleveland Indians haven’t exactly set the world on fire with their play early this season, and now will have to play without Michael Bourn for the next two weeks.
Bourn got hurt on Sunday and suffered a lacerated finger on a play at home plate. Cleveland is in the bottom half of MLB in runs scored and batting average, so the loss of Bourn is a very big deal for this team.
The Indians were expected to be a lot better this season after adding players like Bourn to their lineup, but have started 5-8. Bourn was leading the team with a .333 average and had added two home runs, and his loss puts the team at a huge disadvantage being their leadoff hitter. The outfielder should be back to begin the month of May, but who knows where the team will be by that point.
The Indians are already in last place in the American League Central as it is. The talent in the division has improved to a point where Cleveland needs to get above the .500 mark as quickly as possible just so they can salvage their season. You can’t afford to get too many games behind this early on.
Bourn will likely return and hit right around .280 with 30-35 stolen bases, but he obviously can’t do that from the bench. This becomes a very critical next two weeks for this Cleveland team in hopes of making a playoff run.