The last time Michael Bourn began a season in Braves uniform, he continued his run as the game's premier speedster, swiping 42 bags to go along with a respectable .274 batting average in 2012. But much has changed since then. Bourn signed a four-year pact with the Indians that offseason and didn't deliver on any of it, so the only reason he's back with the Braves is because they were one of the few teams that could take on the remainder of his bloated contract. And he may not even be able to crack their bottom-feeder lineup following the acquisition of Ender Inciarte. Having only once stolen 20 bases in three years since leaving Atlanta, batting .253 during that time, it's fair to say he's just NL-only material -- and only a fifth-outfielder type even there.
Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is out of the lineup Monday against the Mets for the second straight game. There is no indication of anything being wrong with Markakis. Michael Bourn will take over in right field once again and lead off.
The Braves have placed both left fielder Michael Bourn and first baseman Nick Swisher in the lineup Saturday against Miami one day after acquiring them from Cleveland. Bourn has been hot since the All-Star break, but Swisher is returning after a long disabled list stint and another disappointing season with the Indians.
The Indians have agreed to trade designated hitter Nick Swicher and center fielder Michael Bourn to the Braves in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman is reporting. Swisher is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a lingering knee injury. Johnson, who has started 20 games at third base this year, is hitting .235 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 153 at-bats this season.
Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is back in the team's lineup for their game against the White Sox on Thursday. Bourn was held put of Wednesday's game as he continues to struggle at the plate this season. He is hitting just .143 with only four hits and 10 strikeouts over his last 11 games.
Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was held out of Wednesday's starting lineup against the Brewers. Bourn has struggled for the better part of this season, and manager Terry Francona has continued to do what he can to kick Bourn into gear. "You're trying to win, but you're trying to also get guys going," Francona said on Wednesday, per MLB.com. "I think sometimes as a manager you can play guys just enough to put them in a tough spot. When he does play, I want it to be against guys I think he's had success against. All you can do is do the best you can. Kind of like players, I do the best I can. We want so bad for the guys to do well. He's just going through a tough time. It's been frustrating. I know he's [frustrated], too. "I know he's frustrated. He cares a lot. It's just been hard because we're not hitting as a team a lot to begin with, and then when you've got a guy scuffling like that, it just kind of becomes a little more glaring." Bourn is batting just .225 this year. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss, and has just two multi-hit games over the last month. But for his part, Bourn continues to battle through the struggles. "I know that me, myself, I haven't had a good season up to this point," Bourn said on Tuesday night. "But I'm not going to stop playing. I'm going to keep on scrapping. I know the team leans on me and I'll just keep going until they say we've got to go home."
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