CLEVELAND — The left hamstring has hamstrung Michael Bourn once again.
Bourn, the Indians’ center fielder and leadoff man, was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the series finale with Kansas City on Sunday after re-injuring a left hamstring that required surgery this offseason.
The Indians are calling it a strain and are optimistic that it will not sideline Bourn for an extended period of time. Manager Terry Francona said after Saturday’s game that the strain was in a different area than the spot that was surgically repaired.
Bourn, who sustained the injury running the bases in the eighth inning of a 7-3 win over the Royals on Saturday, was forced to the DL for the second time this season with left hamstring issues.
The first occurred at the end of spring training, sidelining the two-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove award winner for the start of the season. Bourn, who is hitting .267 with seven triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs in 66 games, also missed a handful of games in early May with left hamstring soreness.
Bourn’s ideal replacement, Nyjer Morgan, who has filled in more than sufficiently for Bourn on two occasions this season, is not available. He has been out since May 15 with a right knee injury that was expected to take four to six weeks to heal. He was in Cleveland recently for a progress report that indicated no change to that timetable.
Instead of Morgan, the Indians turned to Triple-A Columbus’ Tyler Holt to fill Bourn’s spot on the 25-man roster. Holt, a 10th-round draft pick in 2010 out of Florida State University, has split the season between Columbus and Double-A Akron, batting .302 with 38 runs, two homers and 12 RBIs for the Clippers.
The Indians continue their homestand with a four-game series against the Yankees that begins tonight at 7:10.
Justin Masterson (4-5, 5.16 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, but New York traded its scheduled starter, LHP Vidal Nuno, to Arizona for RHP Brandon McCarthy. The Yankees are expected to promote a pitcher from the minors to make tonight’s start.
Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.42) goes for the Indians on Tuesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-3, 2.27), while Josh Tomlin starts for Cleveland on Wednesday (7:05 p.m.). McCarthy, who was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts for the Diamondbacks, is expected to make his Yankees debut.
T.J. House (1-2, 4.24) starts the series finale for the Indians on Thursday (7:05 p.m.), while New York is expected to counter with RHP David Phelps (3-4, 4.01).
- Columbus’ Danny Salazar returned to the mound Saturday after a bout with right elbow inflammation, getting the win in 6-5 victory over Toledo. Salazar — 3-5 with a 4.93 ERA in eight starts for the Clippers — allowed four earned runs on five hits, walking three and striking out nine over six innings.
- Single-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez hit two homers and drove in four runs Saturday in an 8-7 win at South Bend. Rodriguez, a non-drafted free-agent acquisition in 2010, entered Sunday batting .240 with the team lead in homers (13) and RBIs (41) over 79 games.
- Sunday marked the third time this season that Corey Kluber struck out at least 10 while walking one or fewer batters — a feat that has been accomplished by just eight Indians pitchers since 1914.