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."
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