Hamstring issue will sideline Michael Bourn about one week

Michael Bourn will miss around a week of spring action.
Michael Bourn will miss around a week of spring action. (USATSI)

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Indians center fielder Michael Bourn has a strained left hamstring and it's possible it'll affect his status for the beginning of the season.

Bourn told reporters he believes he'll be just fine to start the season and manager Terry Francona said, "I wouldn't be surprised if it was a few days more than that," when asked if Bourn would miss three to five days (cleveland.com).

So with the beginning of the Tribe's season coming exactly two weeks from Monday, there's certainly enough time for Bourn to be fully recovered. Of course, just weeks away leaves very little wiggle room in terms of any linger issues or setbacks.

Bourn had offseason surgery to repair an injury in his left hamstring, but he told reporters this strain is in a different spot and therefore unrelated.

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.

If Bourn does need to miss a little time, Michael Brantley can handle center with Ryan Raburn filling in at left field.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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