The Indians have placed center fielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury, which he suffered while scoring a run in the 8th inning of Saturday night's win over Kansas City. Tyler Holt has been called up to take Bourn's spot on the 25-man roster.
Bourn missed the first two weeks of the season with a hamstring injury suffered during spring training, and also missed four games in May with tightness in that leg. It seems more and more likely that we're going to watch him miss a lot of games with leg injuries over the rest of his contract (which runs through 2017, with an option for 2018 that seems unlikely to vest). Bourn's numbers aren't great this season, but his offense had shown signs of life over the last two weeks, when he hit .273/.347/.500, with 6 extra-base hits in 44 at bats.
Holt, 25, was the Tribe's 10th round pick back in 2010. He bats and throws righty. Prior to this year he hadn't done much of anything to impress at the plate, but he played solid defense in the outfield and ran the bases well. He put up his best numbers since being drafted during the first month and a half of this season with Double-A Akron though, and was promoted to Columbus, where he's been even better, hitting .302/.433/.410 in 172 plate appearances, and going 10 for 11 in stolen base attempts, and walking more often than he's struck out.
Michael Brantley will slide over to center field for this afternoon's game, with Mike Aviles starting in left field, but I expect Holt to get plenty of playing time in center over the next couple weeks (with Brantley back in left). Seeing him succeed in MLB less than a year after he was a below average hitter in Double-A would be a big surprise, but stranger things have happened.