Michael Bourn will open season on DL with hamstring injury

The Indians will be without Michael Bourn to start the season.
The Indians will be without Michael Bourn to start the season. (USATSI)

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Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will open the regular season on the DL due to a hamstring injury, the team announced. He was only expected to miss about a week, but will apparently need more time to get healthy and ready for game action.

After signing a four-year, $48 million deal last spring with the Indians, Bourn hit .263/.316/.360 (93 OPS+) with 21 doubles, six triples, six homers, 50 RBI, 75 runs and 23 stolen bases. He still played good defense in center, but it was a pretty big step back from his All-Star season in 2012.

With Bourn sidelined, Michael Brantley figures to take over in center field with Ryan Raburn playing left.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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