Lost in the shuffle of the Indians’ offensive prowess over the last few games is that they’ve been doing it without their table-setter and $48 million man, Michael Bourn.
Bourn suffered a lacerated finger after being unceremoniously trampled on by White Sox reliever nearly three weeks ago. After hitting the DL and eventually having his stitched removed last week, Bourn is evidently still not ready and there is no timetable for his eventual return. According to Jordan Bastian, he has not yet been cleared to take batting practice either.
Bourn (R. index finger) still hasn’t taken live BP & there remains no clear timetable for when he’ll begin Minors rehab.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 1, 2013
Drew Stubbs has been manning CF in Bourn’s stead, and has a .253/.315/..361 line. That’s not great, but so long as the middle of the lineup hits like they have been, no one’s going to notice much.