Center fielder Michael Bourn has had surgery on his left hamstring. Bourn was injured during the final regular season stretch for the Cleveland Indians. Michael Bourn, the lead off hitter, had his struggles this year, and also had a few injuries.
The surgery which happened Tuesday in Dallas was successful and the Cleveland Indians say that the lead off hitter will need six weeks to recover at his home in Houston, Texas before beginning any offseason workouts. The Indians called the surgery a “distal hamstring debridement.” meaning the injury took place where the tendon attaches behind Bourn’s left knee. The surgery is still considered to be minor.
Bourn, 30, sustained the hamstring injury while attempting to steal second base in the ninth inning of the game in Minnesota on September 29. That same game, the Cleveland Indians clinched an AL Wild Card playoff spot with the 5-1 victory.
Michael Bourn played three days later in the wild card game against the Tampa Bay Rays where the Indians seemingly didn’t show up and Bourn was one of the players who laid an egg going 0-4 with two strikeouts. Cleveland was blanked in the playoff game, 4-0. Although the Indians brought the postseason back to Cleveland, the game left a bitter taste in a lot of fans and players mouths. Hopefully the small taste of success will drive the Indians of next year to a Division Series and beyond.
Bourn did not have a stellar season and his numbers where not fantastic. Bourn batted .263 with 6 Home Runs, and 50 RBIs in his first season with the Tribe. Bourn looks to come back stronger, and better next season as his contract is for 4 years, $48 million.
The Cleveland Indians look to make a big splash in the Free Agent Pool this offseason and fill the holes that this years Indians had.