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.
Roster update: OF Tyler Holt selected from @CLBClippers OF Michael Bourn placed on 15 day DL with a L hamstring strain
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 6, 2014
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 at AA/AAA this season: .300/.425/.380, 2 HR, 16 XBH, 21 SB, 26 RBIs, 51 R, 76 G. Hit .302 (.843 OPS) in 37 G at AAA.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 6, 2014
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.