Michael Bourn felt discomfort in his left hamstring while trying to run against San Francisco on March 16. He may miss the first four games of the regular season.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will start the season on the disabled list because of a tight left hamstring, though he could return within the first week.
The Indians will put Bourn on the DL before their opener March 31 at Oakland. The move can be made retroactive and sideline him for just four games.
Bourn had surgery on the hamstring in October. He felt discomfort on March 16 while running from first to third against San Francisco, and has been undergoing treatment and started strength exercises.
"He is getting close to being game ready," general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday. "We want to be able to build up his innings, and his progressions so when he's back he will be able to impact the team."
Outfielder Nyjer Morgan was told by Antonetti and manager Terry Francona that he will be on the Indians' opening-day roster.
The Indians did not want to rush Bourn back in light of the surgery.
"We involved Michael in the decision," Francona said. "He is very intelligent and conscientious. As we walked through it with him it just seemed to make sense to start him on the disabled list. All of our goals combined is to have him back being Bournie, not half of Bournie."
"If we asked him to he'd play, no doubt about that. He'd play with one leg hanging off. We want him to build up properly so he can really help us," he said.
Morgan was signed to a minor league contract by the Indians on Jan. 16. He spent last season in Japan.
The Indians optioned right-handers Chen-Chang Lee and Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus and assigned infielders David Cooper and Bryan LaHair to their minor league camp.
The Indians told catcher Luke Carlin that he will not start with the major league club on opening day but will remain in camp the last week of spring training.
Right-hander Aaron Harang was given his unconditional release.
Indians 8, Reds 3
Ryan Raburn played the field for the first time since running into an outfield wall and also homered Monday.
Raburn doubled while driving in three runs. He made a nice play at first base, too, on a low liner by Brayan Pena.
Raburn had been limited to designated hitter duty since crashing into the right-field wall on March 7.
Lonnie Chisenhall found out earlier in the morning that he earned a spot on the Indians' opening day roster. He celebrated with his second homer this spring, connecting off starter Alfredo Simon.
Jay Bruce had two hits, including an RBI double off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.
Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer off J.J. Hoover, who is one of the Reds' options for the closer role with Aroldis Chapman recovering from being hit above the eye by a line drive.
Tigers trade for shortstop Gonzalez
BRADENTON, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers think Alex Gonzalez is not too old to be a solution to their shortstop problem.
In need of a replacement for injured Jose Iglesias, Detroit acquired the 37-year-old from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for infielder Steve Lombardozzi.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Gonzalez could get the bulk of the playing time, sharing the position with Andrew Romine, who was acquired Friday from the Los Angeles Angels.
"I'm not looking at 150 games," Dombrowski said. "He's an older guy. But we do think he can be a key guy for us."
Gonzalez has a .246 average with six major league teams and was the starting shortstop for the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins. Gonzalez agreed Jan. 31 to a minor league contract that calls for a $1.1 million salary in the major leagues. He had a .429 batting average during spring training with Baltimore and is to report to the Tigers on Tuesday.
"He's always had great hands, and I can't imagine his hands have gotten any worse," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I've heard great things about him in spring training, as far as how he's moving. And I think his experience is a huge advantage."
Detroit’s game on Monday against Pittsburgh was canceled because of rain.
The 25-year-old Lombardozzi hit .259 with two homers and 22 RBIs for the Washington Nationals last season and was dealt to Detroit in December for pitcher Doug Fister.
SECURITY: Tigers fans will pass through metal detectors while entering Comerica Park this season, part of a new set of security measures the team is putting in place.
Major League Baseball has told teams they must implement security screening for fans by 2015, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers. The Tigers announced Monday that fans should arrive early this season to allow enough time to walk through the metal detectors.