Michael Bourn CF CLE 5 days ago

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

Bourn, who is just 8-for-40 against left-handed pitching this year, will take a seat with southpaw Chris Sale on the hill for the White Sox. Zach Walters will get the start in left field, with Michael Brantley taking over for Bourn in center. He should be available to pinch-hit, if needed.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 1 week ago

Bourn is not in the lineup Friday against the Rangers.

With lefty Wandy Rodriguez due up for Texas, Bourn will head to the bench as Michael Brantley moves over to center field. Bourn's saving grace throughout the years has been his ability against right-handed pitching, but he's just 16-for-68 (.235 average) with three extra-base hits against right-handers so far this season and the Indians appear intent on getting David Murphy more at-bats.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Bourn, who is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, has been informed that he will start losing more at-bats to David Murphy, Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Manager Terry Francona talked to his outfielders Tuesday afternoon, and it appears Bourn's recent hot streak has been a case of too little too late. David Murphy is having the far better season, while Brandon Moss and Michael Brantley are assured of regular at-bats. The Indians also have Ryan Raburn, who has returned to his lefty-mashing ways this season. Bourn still figures to see at least two or three starts per week, but he probably needs an injury to another player to regain his everyday role.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Bourn is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Michael Brantley will start in center field, flanked by Brandon Moss and David Murphy. It's a bit surprising to see Bourn out of the lineup, as he finally seems to be turning things around, with five hits and four walks over the past four games.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Bourn is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.

Bourn was expected to be held out of the lineup Wednesday as Cleveland faces the left-handed Danny Duffy and manager Terry Francona has begun to sit the outfielder against southpaws. This pattern will likely continue until Bourn can break out of his early season slump that has his slash line at .193/.260/.239. Michael Brantley will get the start in his stead Wednesday.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Bourn, who is expected to sit out again against the left-handed Danny Duffy on Wednesday, could see limited action against southpaws following the return of Nick Swisher, MLB.com reports.

Bourn struggled against southpaws last season (.569 OPS in 143 at-bats) and has just a .566 OPS in 37 at-bats against them this season. Look for him to sit against most lefties in the coming weeks until he can turn things around at the plate.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 3 weeks ago

Bourn is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game in Kansas City, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Bourn missed Saturday's game against Toronto because of a cervical strain, but he returned to the lineup Sunday. It's quite possible his absence from Tuesday's lineup has nothing to do with the injury, as the Indians are facing a left-handed pitcher, and Nick Swisher (knees) is back from the disabled list.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 3 weeks ago

Bourn (neck) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Bourn was a late scratch Saturday due to neck stiffness, but the team was optimistic he'd be able to return to action Sunday. Barring any setbacks during warmups, that will be the case, as Bourn is currently listed as the starting center fielder, batting ninth in the order.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 3 weeks ago

The Indians are hopeful that Bourn (neck) will be able to play Sunday, MLB.com reports. "I think he'll be good to go tomorrow. His neck was stiff. He was examined and everything. I think we thought that one day would do him a lot of good," manager Terry Francona said.

Bourn suffered the injury sliding into home in Friday's game. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 3 weeks ago

Bourn has a cervical strain and was scratched from Saturday's lineup.

This is the first we've heard of Bourn's injury and it's not clear if he will miss more than just one game. Tyler Holt will get the start in center field and hit ninth.