The Indians won in impressive fashion last night 7-3 over the Kansas City Royals, but it came at a cost. Michael Bourn left the game in the eighth inning after scoring and having his hamstring apparently tighten up on him. Sure enough, we heard the news today that Bourn will be headed to the disabled list for the second time this season.
To take his spot on the active roster, the Indians have called up outfielder Tyler Holt from Columbus. Holt, a 25-year-old 10th round selection by the Indians in the 2010 draft, has split this season between Akron and Columbus, batting .300 with a .805 OPS, 2 homers, 26 RBI, and has 21 steals in 24 attempts. Holt is an above average defender, capable of playing all three positions, and has played center exclusively in Columbus for the past month or so.
Bourn has had an up and down season, batting .267 (.695 OPS) on the campaign, hitting 3 homers, driving in 21, and stealing successfully on 7 of 10 attempts. His on-base percentage is right at the league average, but his strikeout (22.3%) and walk (6.5%) ratios leave much to be desired as they are even worse than his career marks of 20.7% and 8.4%.
In his absence, Michael Brantley will primarily patrol center field, as he is in today’s lineup. Left field will be a rotation of Mike Aviles (starting today), Ryan Raburn, and Brantley when Holt starts.
As TD pointed out a short while ago, the trip to the DL could be less games than regularly anticipated. With the All-Star break upcoming, Bourn could come off the DL on July 21st and miss just 12 games.
Kirk Lammers grew up on the Marblehead Peninsula and is a graduate of THE Ohio State University. He now lives in Northeast Ohio, and you can find him at the ballpark, at the Q, or far too often on Twitter (@WFNYKirk)."