Veteran outfielder Michael Bourn was held out of the Indians’ starting lineup on Saturday with what was called a cervical strain. That sounded like a pretty serious injury, but all appears to be fine …
Bourn is starting in center field and batting ninth in Cleveland’s series finale against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. Second baseman Jason Kipnis will remain in the leadoff spot, where he’s been pretty productive lately.
Bourn, 32, is batting just .202/.264/.250 in 92 plate appearances this season for the Tribe. He’s also been caught stealing on two of his four attempts.
It was a very disappointing April for Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings, who hit .222/.306/.238 in 18 games. And now his May is off to a rough start too.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Jennings was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with bursitis in his left knee. The injury had kept him out for six straight games. He was originally penciled into the Tampa Bay starting lineup on Saturday night but didn’t look right in pregame warmups and had to be scratched.
“It’s not the Dez we want to see,” manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s just not progressing the way we want it.”
Joey Butler has been called up from Triple-A Durham to give the Rays outfield depth.
The hope is that Jennings will be ready for activation as soon as he’s eligible.
If you didn’t see this Jake Marisnick catch on Saturday, watch it now. Or if you did, watch it again …
Marisnick has also been getting it done at the plate for the Astros, who are on a nine-game winning streak and have opened a six-game lead over the Angels in the American League West standings.
First it was the Giants beating the Angels when Kole Calhoun’s hard grounder to the right side of the infield struck Taylor Featherston. A few hours later, the Dodgers won in similar fashion …
A game hadn’t ended like that since 2010. And then it happens twice in one day. Baseball, man.