Guess who is back? It’s Michael Bourn!

The center fielder was activated from the 15 day disabled list on Tuesday. Bourn was scheduled to participate in tonight’s contest in Detroit, but unfortunately the game was postponed due to 30 degree weather that produced a snow covered baseball diamond. The 31 year old must wait for his 2014 regular-season debut for another day.

Of course now that Michael Bourn is returning the Cleveland Indians outfield will finally be complete. The Houston native will appear as our everyday center fielder shifting Michael Brantley comfortably into left field and keeping David Murphy in right field. Bourn’s speed and tracking skills should present a new dynamic our outfield has been without so far this season.

Even though Bourn underwent off-season surgery and a hamstring strain occurring in Arizona during spring training, the eight year veteran ought to be in top shape. Despite being able to be activated for two weeks, the Indians held off and kept him in the minors for five games. Moderate success occurred in Akron and Columbus as the outfielder accumulated three hits in 20 at-bats including two walks and a stolen base. Hopefully, the rust is off and we witness progress in the majors.

With this in mind, Bourn joining the club will force the Indians hand to downgrade another player into the minors. So who is the lucky contestant? Nyjer Morgan, who was signed to a minor league deal, will be sent back down, but his contributions will be remembered. The replacement outfielder was a great fill in while Michael Bourn got healthy. Morgan played in nine games achieving a .348 batting average (8-23) while driving in four runs and scoring four himself.

Regardless of what the statistics reveal, Michael Bourn will be our starting center fielder. It shall be a pleasant sight when Bourn steps out on that field in Detroit. It is also a pleasant feeling, knowing that Nyjer Morgan, when and if recalled, is capable of contributing when called upon.

– Max Gold

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