8/4/2014 11:18 P.M. ET
Bourn runs bases, begins rehab stint
Hamstring feeling good, Tribe center fielder to suit up for Double-A Akron
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- The Indians have consistently been vague when it comes to Michael Bourn's return to games. Tribe manager Terry Francona stayed true to that approach before Monday's 7-1 win over the Reds at Progressive Field.
"He's doing really good," Francona said following Bourn's pregame workout, which included running the bases. "We will sit with him and most likely start to map out a little bit of a playing schedule. And it will be a rough schedule, because we're always going to go off how he plays."
Clarity arrived after Cleveland's win, when it was announced that Bourn will begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Tuesday.
Sitting at his locker following Monday's pregame workout, Bourn noted that he has run the bases three times. That includes one session on the artificial surface Quicken Loans Arena (across the street from Progressive Field) for Bourn, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 6. The center fielder has maintained a throwing program and has been hitting on the field.
"I just got through running [the bases] and felt good again today," Bourn said. "I didn't have any setbacks or anything, so I'm going to try to keep moving forward."
Through 66 games, Bourn has hit .267 with three homers, nine doubles, seven triples, seven stolen bases, 21 RBIs and 37 runs scored. This marks the third setback this season involving Bourn's left hamstring, which was surgically repaired (in a different area than the current injury) in October.
"The biggest thing is when he's ready to hit full speed," Francona said, "because he doesn't have to play every day when he gets back. [Outfielder Michael] Brantley will go over there [to center] in a minute, but I think it is important to know that [Bourn] can get to that last gear."
Swisher out with sore right wrist
CLEVELAND -- Nick Swisher has encountered another obstacle in his trying season with the Tribe.
Swisher was out of Monday's lineup against the Reds due to soreness in his right wrist, which he hurt while swinging during a sixth-inning strikeout against Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish on Sunday. Swisher already dealt with knee issues, a season-long slump at the plate and a relegation to designated-hitter duties this year.
"Hopefully, I'm back in there [Tuesday]," Swisher said before Monday's game. "But, if we need to take a couple days to get it right, we'll do that. We'll be smart about it."
Indians manager Terry Francona said the hope is that Swisher will at least be deemed available off the bench by Tuesday, because Cleveland is set to open a two-game road Interleague set against Cincinnati on Wednesday. Francona said he is "hesitant" to head into the National League format with a short-handed bench.
Through 93 games, Swisher has hit .212 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs, piling up 106 strikeouts against 36 walks. Including Sunday's 0-for-3 showing with three strikeouts, though, the veteran DH had a .333 (8-for-24) average with two doubles and two RBIs in his past seven games.
Swisher said his wrist felt improve Monday morning, but there was still some soreness.
"He said he's feeling better, which is a really good sign," Francona said. "He was examined after the game. If he would've woke up and felt worse [Monday], we would've had a hand specialist on standby. So, we'll give him the game down today, see how he feels [Tuesday].
"As long as he can be available in the next day or so, that sort of takes a little bit of pressure off."
Quote to note
"I think when you acquire a guy like Michael Bourn, it only makes sense to keep him in center field. The guy's won Gold Gloves and things of that nature. [Michael] Brantley moved to left and played left field like a center fielder. That was the thought. We really liked that idea of it."
-- Francona, on Brantley's ability to handle both left and center field
• Indians catcher Yan Gomes returned to the starting lineup Monday after spending the previous two games on the bench with neck stiffness. Entering Monday's game against the Reds, Gomes was hitting .400 (24-for-60) with three homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.095 OPS in his past 18 games for Cleveland.
• Brantley's walk-off home run Sunday marked the 75th walk-off shot in Progressive Field history (1994-present), representing the most of any ballpark in that time period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brantley also became the first Indians player to have at least two extra-inning walk-off shots in the same season since Jim Thome had three in 2001.
• Cleveland headed into Monday's meeting with the Reds with the Major League's second-best run differential (+25) in the second half. Only the Padres (+29) ranked better in baseball. The Indians' ranked third in both the Majors and American League with 80 runs scored since the All-Star break.