Mar 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielderMichael Bourn
(24) hits a single against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
2. How has the injury of Michael Bourn affected the team this season?
Honestly, it hasn’t been that much of an issue. Nyjer Morgan has filled in well as Bourn rehabs his hamstring. The only times Bourn’s absence have really been felt are when Morgan has had a day off and either Asdrubal Cabrera or Elliot Johnson has been inserted in the leadoff spot.
One could argue, though, that if Bourn was on the roster in place of Morgan, the same issue would present itself when he would sit as well. For most of us, our expectations for Michael Bourn has been lowered after last year’s sub-par season. As a player on the wrong side of 30 whose game is based on speed, we’re very skeptical if he will ever live up to our original expectations.
That said, that doesn’t mean we don’t want him back. His talent as a leadoff hitter far surpasses anyone else on the roster. If he can have a bounce-back year, their struggling offense could come to life in a big way.