KANSAS CITY -- A player can only take hitting off a tee and playing catch for so long. Sidelined Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is hoping to get himself back on the field for games in the near future.
Cleveland is currently discussing sending Bourn out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
"I think he wants, when he gets to that point, to maybe play a few games," manager Terry Francona said on Monday. "We kind of talked about that today and he thinks that would be in his best interest. So at some point, we'll explore that. When that is, we don't know yet."
Bourn, who is on the 15-day disabled list, has been out since April 15 due to a right index finger injury. The center fielder has running daily and working through a gradual progression of baseball activities. Bourn has resumed hitting off a tee and said on Monday that he hopes to take normal batting practice within the next few days.
After that step, Bourn might play a handful of Minor League games before being activated by the Indians.
"It's about time to discuss it," Bourn said. "I'm tired of sitting down. Hopefully, I can try to get back quick, but at the same time be smart about it. I don't want to go in there and it's not ready and I have a setback. So far, I haven't had any setbacks.'
Through 10 games this season, Bourn has hit .333 (15-for-45) with two home runs, four doubles, one triple, two RBIs and seven runs scored for the Indians. The center fielder signed a four-year contract worth $48 million with Cleveland over the offseason.