GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will start the season on the disabled list because of a tight left hamstring, though he could return within the first week.
The Indians will put Bourn on the DL before their opener March 31 at Oakland. The move can be made retroactive and sideline him for just four games.
Bourn had surgery on the hamstring in October. He felt discomfort on March 16 while running from first to third against San Francisco, and has been undergoing treatment and started strength exercises.
"He is getting close to being game ready," general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday. "We want to be able to build up his innings, and his progressions so when he's back he will be able to impact the team."
Outfielder Nyjer Morgan was told by Antonetti and manager Terry Francona that he will be on the Indians' opening-day roster.
The Indians did not want to rush Bourn back in light of the surgery.
"We involved Michael in the decision," Francona said. "He is very intelligent and conscientious. As we walked through it with him it just seemed to make sense to start him on the disabled list. All of our goals combined is to have him back being Bournie, not half of Bournie."
"If we asked him to he'd play, no doubt about that. He'd play with one leg hanging off. We want him to build up properly so he can really help us," he said.
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