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Bourn will be dropped to the ninth spot in the order in Sunday's game against the Tigers.

The presence of a lefty on the mound for the opposition in Kyle Lobstein likely influenced manager Terry Francona's decision to bump Bourn to the bottom of the lineup Sunday, but even in more favorable matchups this season, the outfielder has failed to performance. Saturday's two-strikeout, 0-for-4 performance dropped Bourn's season line to .180/.213/.254, with only one stolen base coming along with it. Should those struggles continue, Bourn could become a mainstay in the ninth spot in the lineup, depressing his run totals and stolen-base opportunities.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 7 days ago

Bourn is not in the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports.

Bourn has struggled out of the gate with a .200/.265/.244 slash line and has yet to get a day off this season, but he'll stay on the bench as the Indians take on southpaw John Danks. Mike Aviles will fill in at center field in his stead, batting second.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 1 month ago

The Indians aren't concerned that Bourn has just one stolen base attempt this spring, MLB.com reports. "I think he feels like he's equipped to go out there and play the way he wants to," manager Terry Francona said. "The last thing we're going to tell a nine-year veteran is, 'Hey, run, and beat yourself up.' We have talked to him about [the lack of stolen bases], but he said he feels good."

Bourn is coming off an injury-filled season last year and needs to incorporate the stolen base back into his game if he wants to reward his fantasy owners but it sounds like we'll have to wait until the regular season to get a feel for how much he'll run.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 1 month ago

Bourn hit his first homer of the spring Friday, raising his average to .500 (8-for-16) in Cactus League play.

Spring training stats are largely meaningless but Bourn hasn't had any injury setbacks thus far as he looks to bounce back from a pair of injury-filled seasons.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 3 months ago

The Indians want Bourn to re-establish himself as a major base-stealing threat this season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Bourn is just 33-of-51 on stolen-base attempts through two seasons with the Indians, after swiping at least 40 bags each year from 2008 to 2012. While he recently turned 32, there's still some hope for a revival, given that Bourn's balky hamstring was a major factor in his lack of base-stealing success last season. A return to the days of 40-60 steals is overly optimistic, but an improvement on last season's 10 shouldn't be difficult, assuming Bourn stays reasonably healthy.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 7 months ago

Bourn is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.

The veteran Bourn will give way to youngster Tyler Holt on the final day of the season. He will end the season having started just 105 of a possible 162 games, his lowest total since 2007.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 8 months ago

Bourn is out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox.

Bourn has started 18 straight games for the Indians since coming off the DL, but with lefty Chris Sale on the hill for the White Sox, manager Terry Francona will take the opportunity to get Bourn a rest. Tyler Holt takes over in center field and atop the order for Bourn, who is batting .260 with two steals in five attempts since his return.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 8 months ago

Bourn collected three hits, including a pair of triples, and scored a run in Thursday's 3-2 win over the White Sox.

Bourn has at least two hits in three straight games, and is hitting .272 on the season. He's got just eight steals in 13 attempts this year, however, so don't count on him in that category the rest of the way.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 8 months ago

Bourn drew a pair of walks and stole a base Sunday.

Bourn was back in the lineup for the second consecutive game after returning from a hamstring injury and appears to be all systems go for the upcoming week. The Indians have a scheduled day off Monday and Bourn may get another day off during the week as he ramps back up but he's a good bet to see lots of action this week.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 8 months ago

Bourn walked and scored a run in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Bourn was activated from the DL on Friday but saw his first action in nearly six weeks Saturday. The Indians have an off day Monday so expect Bourn back in the lineup Sunday. He'll work his way back into the regular leadoff hitter for the Tribe in short order.