Jun 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (24) makes a diving attempt on a ball hit by Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians Place OF Michael Bourn On DL

Select OF Tyler Holt from AAA Columbus

The Cleveland Indians wasted little time in deciding the severity of OF Michael Bourn‘s left hamstring injury, placing him on the disabled list before today’s game and selecting the contract of OF Tyler Holt from AAA Columbus. Bourn injured his hamstring in the eighth inning of Saturday’s win versus the Kansas City Royals, but the team did not think the injury was related to his previous left hamstring injuries.

Bourn hit a home run earlier in Saturday’s win, and started to pick up offensively in his last two weeks, with six extra base hits (3 2Bs, 2 3B, HR), but it appears the Indians don’t want to mess around with Bourn’s hamstrings, and would rather the center fielder go on the disabled list to fully recover.

Holt was a 10th-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Florida State University, and will be getting his first bit of MLB service time in the middle of a great season. The Indians 40-man roster was at 39, no corresponding move will need to be made to add Holt.

Holt has actually now jumped up from AA Akron, where he began the year, only playing 37 games at the AAA level. But Holt isn’t a spring chicken, as he’s already 25, though this seems like an aggressive call up. Editor Kyle Downing had pegged Holt for a potential late-2014 debut. He can play center, but it appears at least for today’s game, Michael Brantley will shift over to centerfield, with Holt taking on a backup role. Brantley has historically been a poor defensive centerfielder, but this won’t be the first time the Indians have trusted him out there.

At least every time we hear Holt’s name, we can cheer ourselves up: STEVE HOLT  

Tags: Cleveland Indians Michael Bourn Michael Brantley Tyler Holt

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