CLEVELAND — Nyjer Morgan is back in the big leagues.
The Indians recalled the outfielder from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, with Morgan, who became a fan favorite in a brief and effective stint to begin the season, starting in center field and batting leadoff in the series finale with Chicago.
Morgan was in the lineup to replace an injured Michael Bourn, who left Saturday’s game with left hamstring tightness. But with utility infielder Elliot Johnson designated for assignment Saturday, it could be an extended stay for Morgan, who hit .348 with four RBIs and three stolen bases in nine games for the Indians.
Morgan took the roster spot of left-hander Nick Hagadone, who was recalled Saturday and optioned back to Columbus the following day after not appearing for Cleveland.
Though it is the same hamstring that sidelined him for over a month to start the season, the Indians don’t think Bourn’s injury is serious.
According to the Indians, Bourn was removed from Saturday’s game for precautionary reasons.
Catcher Yan Gomes is expected to be activated from the paternity list today or Tuesday.
Gomes left the team Saturday for the birth of his and his wife Jenna’s first child.
The maximum stay on the paternity list is three days.
Right-hander Josh Tomlin will be recalled from Columbus on Tuesday to make his first start of the season.
Tomlin, who is 2-1 with a 2.06 ERA in five starts for the Clippers, lost out to right-hander Carlos Carrasco for the final spot in the rotation this spring.
Tomlin missed most of last season recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery but made 54 starts for the Indians from 2010-12.
The Indians complete the homestand with a four-game series against Minnesota that begins tonight at 7:05.
Zach McAllister (3-2, 3.82 ERA) opens the set, opposing RHP Kyle Gibson (3-2, 4.34), while Tomlin (0-0, 0.00) squares off against RHP Samuel Deduno (0-1, 2.89) on Tuesday (7:05 p.m.).
Danny Salazar (1-3, 5.93) starts for Cleveland on Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 6.67), while Justin Masterson (1-1, 4.01) goes in the series finale Thursday (12:05 p.m.) against RHP Kevin Correia (1-3, 6.09).
- Trevor Bauer worked another gem for Columbus on Saturday, tossing seven scoreless innings, while allowing six hits and two walks in a 1-0 11-inning loss at Durham. Bauer is 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA in five starts for the Clippers.
- Right-hander Duke von Schamann pitched six scoreless innings and allowed six hits in Double-A Akron’s 2-1 win in the second game of a seven-inning doubleheader against Altoona. It was the first start for von Schamann, a reliever who was acquired in a trade with the Dodgers during the first week of the regular season. He is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in five appearances for the RubberDucks.
- Class A Lake County catcher Eric Haase hit his team-leading sixth homer and added a triple Saturday in an 8-6 victory over Dayton. Haase, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, entered Sunday leading the Captains with an .879 OPS, despite batting just .221.
- The Indians lost for the ninth time in games they have led at some point.
- Cleveland is 3-7 in series finales, squandering the chance to sweep its first series and first three-game winning streak of the year.
- It was the first time the Indians have lost when allowing four runs on just four hits since June 8, 2007, at Cincinnati.