OF Michael Bourn will have to sit and watch at least the first four games of the season for the Cleveland Indians as he will start the season with a hamstring injury. Bourn came to the Indians late in free agency in 2013, and many felt the Indians got him for a steal, signing him to a four-year, $48 million contract.
Last season, he missed time with a finger injury after getting his hand stepped on during a game with the Chicago White Sox. When he finally came back, he simply didn’t generate like most Indians fans felt he would, hitting .263 with 21 doubles, six triples, six homers, 50 RBIs, 75 runs and 23 stolen bases.
Many Indians fans compared him to Kenny Lofton, an all-time Indians favorite who wreaked havoc on the basepaths while with the Indians in early to late 1990s. When Bourn came to the Tribe, fans felt they had the second-coming of Lofton, but so far, he’s had issues staying on the field.
Getting base hits, stealing bases, making running catches in the outfield are things that everyone wants to see out of Bourn. A stint on the DL to start the season isn’t the best way to start that. The team needs him to get his hamstring healthy, and fast, so he can be that impact player they have been waiting for since they moment they signed him back in early 2013.