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24 Michael Bourn CF
Height/Weight: 5-10/180 | Birthdate: 12/27/1982 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Cleveland | College: Houston | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $7,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 11/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Indians OF Michael Bourn out of the lineup on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn is out of the starting lineup on Monday against the White Sox, the team announced.

Bourn has started eight of the last 10 and 30 of 36 games for Cleveland this year, but will get a day off for Zach Walters. Bourn is hitting .233 with nine RBI in 116 at-bats this season.


Indians' Walters, Raburn take over for Bourn, Chisenhall Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall were not included in the starting lineup Friday night against left-hander Bruce Chen and the Rangers, per the team's official website.

Bourn is a .200 hitter (8 for 40) this season against southpaws. Chisenhall has fared better against left-handers, slashing .256/.326/.308 on the year. Manager Terry Francona inserted Zach Walters at third. Michael Brantley shifted to center field, with Ryan Raburn in the left field and at the cleanup spot.


Michael Bourn in, Nick Swisher out of Indians lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) The juggling in the outfield and at designated hitter continues for the Indians heading into their Wednesday game against visiting St. Louis. Michael Bourn, who has been benched frequently, is in the lineup with Nick Swisher removed.

Bourn has shown signs of emerging from his season-long slump with five hits and four walks in his last 12 at-bats. His .218 average is at its highest point since April 15.

Swisher is 6-for-26 since returning from injury, but he smacked four of those hits in one game.


Indians CF Michael Bourn not starting Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday. There is no mention of an injury or other issue here, so it looks like manager Terry Francona is just giving the struggling Bourn a day off. Bourn has actually seen his batting average rise to .218, as he is currently riding a very modest three-game hit streak.

Michael Brantley is moving over to center field, while David Murphy handles left field. Brandon Moss returns to the starting lineup after being rested on Sunday. He will bat fourth and play right field.


Indians manager Terry Francona loads up on lefties Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) With a right-hander slated to toe the rubber for the Royals on Thursday, Indians manager Terry Francona has produced a heavy lefty-hitting lineup.

David Murphy returns to the starting lineup as the designated hitter, while Nick Swisher gets a rest after playing in two straight since returning from a DL stint.

Michael Bourn, who will be benched against lefties for the near future, was back in the lineup batting seventh and playing center field. 

Switch-hitter Jose Ramirez slides in at shorstop to replace Mike Aviles. The Indians' lineup contains just one natural right-handed hitter, catcher Roberto Perez.


Indians center fielder Michael Bourn out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, with Michael Brantley shifting to center and Ryan Raburn moving taking over in left field, according to MLB.com. Manager Terry Francona indicated Bourn will be held out of the lineup for the forseeable future against left-handed pitchers.

"I talked to Bourny today a little bit about it," Francona said prior to Tuesday's game, per MLB.com. "And this is just in the near future, because we really want Bourny to be our center fielder, but it's been a struggle for him against lefties."

It will be Brantley's first start in center field this season after drawing 44 starts there in 2014. The Indians are currently the underdogs (+110) against Kansas City.


Michael Bourn returns to Indians' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn returned to the starting lineup on Sunday, batting ninth in the order. 

Bourn missed Saturday's game with a neck strain, snapping a string of 10 straight starts. 


Indians CF Michael Bourn (neck) late scratch for Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Center fielder Michael Bourn was a late scratch for the Indians on Saturday, citing a neck strain as the issue, reports MLB.com.

Tyler Holt filled in for Bourn in right field and in the ninth spot in the lineup.

Bourn injured his neck in Friday's game when, after losing his helmet while running the bases, dove into home plate head first, slamming his head on the play.

"He bumped the side of his head," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I think it just kind of rang his bell for a second."


Francona mum about moving Indians CF Michael Bourn back to leadoff spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The mini-surge of Indians center fielder Michael Bourn has some wondering when Terry Francona will move him back to the leadoff spot.

Bourn is 4-for-15 since being placed in the ninth spot and 4-for-11 in the last three games. He was batting .180 with a .254 on-base percentage previously.

Francona declined to give a timetable when asked when he would feel comfortable moving Bourn back up.

"I do what I think is right for the player, for the team," he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I don't try to ever do it out of emotion or reaction. That's why I never make the lineup out after the game. You can make some poor decisions."


Indians' Mike Aviles in, Jose Ramirez out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Indians infielder Mike Aviles is in the starting lineup Sunday, batting second and playing shortstop in his team's matchup with the Tigers.

Aviles is seeing just his second start of the season at shortstop, as most of his work has come in the oufield. He'll take the place of Jose Ramirez, who had started 10 straight games coming into Sunday.

The Indians have also made a change at the top of the lineup, moving second baseman Jason Kipnis to the leadoff spot. Kipnis and Aviles batted 1-2 in the team's last start against a southpaw, and lefty Kyle Lobstein is on the mound of the Tigers Sunday. Center fielder and typical leadoff man Michael Bourn will bat ninth.

The Indians are road favorites (-115) in Detroit Sunday.


Indians' Michael Bourn back in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

Bourn was benched Monday with lefty starter John Danks on the mound for the White Sox, but he's back atop the lineup after missing his first start of the season. Bourn has performed well in limited action against Tuesday starter Hector Noesi in his career, going 4 for 7 with one home run and five RBI.

The Indians are road favorites (-140) against the White Sox Tuesday.


Indians OF Michael Bourn gets first day off Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn received his first day off this season Monday against the White Sox. Bourn, who had started the first 11 games, was replaced in the starting lineup by Mike Aviles.

Bourn is batting .200 (9 for 45) with one RBI, two doubles, four walks, five runs and 13 strikeouts.

White Sox left-hander John Danks was on the mound Monday. Bourn has not done well against lefties in 2015, batting .143 (3 for 21).


Two multi-hit games in first week for Indians' Michael Bourn


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn has hit in four of the first six games of the season. His first week includes a pair of multi-hit games. 

Bourn had two-hit outings on back-to-back nights, against the Tigers and Astros. 

He's hitting .231, and the Indians are still waiting for him to break out at the plate and on the bases. He has one extra base hit--a double, and stole his first base of the season on Sunday. 


Indians' Michael Bourn working to strengthen legs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn is working on strengthening his legs, according to MLB.com.

Bourn is looking to steal more bases this season, but acknowledged it takes him more time to warm up these days. "I've got to get my body warmed up," he said. "I need to get prepared to play."

In order to combat that, Bourn worked with former Olympian Leroy Burrell during the offseason. With Burrell's program, Bourn is hoping to reduce the strain on his hamstrings. He's missed time in each of the past two seasons due to hamstring issues. 

Bourn stresses that even though the steal totals have been low, he doesn't feel that he's lost his explosiveness. "I never lost my explosiveness," Bourn said. "That never was a problem. I just had to get comfortable coming back off a hamstring injury to have that wherewithal of, 'OK don't worry about that.'"

The 32-year-old hit .257/.314/.360 over 444 at-bats last year. 


Indians want Michael Bourn to get back to his base-stealing ways


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) The Indians want outfielder Michael Bourn to get back to his base-stealing ways, according to the Plain Dealer

Prior to joining the team, Bourn had compiled five straight seasons with at least 40 steals. Since joining the team, he's stolen 33 bases in two seasons. Injuries have played a role in his decline. Bourn admitted he had some trouble adjusting to the American League in his first season with Cleveland. He tore his hamstring on the final day of the season, and had offseason surgery, but the issue still plagued him in 2014. 

Manager Terry Francona agreed, saying "When he gets on base, he has to disrupt the game." Francona added, "he wants to do it really bad, he just wasn't in position to do it the last couple of years. Hopefully, those injuries are limited and he can use his legs because he's a huge part of what we do."

Bourn, 32, hit .257/.314/.360 over 444 at-bats last year.


Michael Bourn will only watch Chris Sale pitch Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Indians center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn has been given Friday night off against White Sox stud left-hander Chris Sale.

Bourn is batting .214 against lefties this year and is hitless in five at-bats lifetime against Sale.


Michael Bourn could play Saturday and Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn is not in the lineup for his return from the disabled list Friday, but FOXSportsOhio.com reports he could start both Saturday and Sunday. Bourn is returning from a hamstring injury, and was expected to get one day off this weekend anyways. 

Michael Bourn back from DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, as expected, after recovering from a hamstring injury. He is not in the lineup for his first game back, Friday against the Orioles. 

Bourn has been out since early July as a result of the injury, but got through his latest rehab assignment without issue. He is expected to resume playing everyday, but could get some extra time off to keep him fresh. He was hitting .267/.316/.379 but has been limited to 66 games due to injuries. 


Michael Bourn on track to return Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) said he is on track to come off the disabled list Friday against the Orioles, per MLB.com. Bourn is expected to continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus Thursday as the team's DH.

Michael Bourn could return this weekend


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn could be cleared to return at some point during the team's upcoming weekend series against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.

"Bourny is doing really well," manager Terry Francona said Tuesday. "I wouldn't be surprised if he plays for us this weekend. We've just got to sit with Bourny and figure out how to get him to this weekend, just because we have a day off on Thursday, and having him sitting for a couple days might not make sense. So we'll sit with him and kind of figure out the best way to get him back here where he feels good about himself, and also has as many at-bats as he can get without having too many, because he's not ready to quite play every day."

Out since July 6 with a hamstring injury, Bourn is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus Tuesday. He's 1 for 14 in three games at two levels during his rehab.


Manager downplays struggles of Michael Bourn in Columbus


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Center fielder Michael Bourn is 0 for 10 in three rehab starts with Triple-A Columbus, but Terry Francona has stated that such numbers don't matter until he rejoins the Indians, per MLB.com.

Bourn struggled most of the year with Cleveland. He owns a stat line of .267/.316/.379 with seven stolen bases as he has dealt with hamstring issues.


Michael Bourn goes hitless in rehab debut Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn went 0 for 3 in his first rehab game with Double-A Akron Tuesday.

Bourn has been on the shelf for a month while recovering from a strained hamstring. He has hit .267/.316/.379 with three home runs, 21 RBI and seven stolen bases in 285 at-bats.


Michael Bourn cleared to start rehab assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn ran the bases Monday and has been cleared to start a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday night at Double-A Akron, the team announced. Bourn has been out since July 5 while recovering from a strained hamstring.

Michael Bourn feels good after running the bases


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) said he felt good after running the bases Monday, per MLB.com. It appears he will start a rehab assignment later this week.

Michael Bourn getting close to starting rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) will run the bases Monday, according to The Plain Dealer. If all goes well, then he could begin a rehab assignment this week.