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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 23 hours 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 1 day 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.

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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.

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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 4 days 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.

Michael Bourn CF CLE 1 week ago

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.

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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 2 months 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.