CLEVELAND — Michael Bourn hopes his time out of the lineup is a short one.
Bourn, the Indians’ center fielder and leadoff hitter, is sidelined again by a hamstring injury that has lingered for several months. He had to leave Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox when the hamstring tightened up while he was running to first on a bunt hit in the fourth inning.
Bourn had surgery on his hamstring in October. He re-injured it in spring training, forcing him to begin the season on the disabled list before being activated on April 15.
Nyjer Morgan, who began the season as Bourn’s replacement, was recalled from Triple-A Columbus, and was playing center Sunday.
Bourn, who missed the season’s first 15 games, said he hopes to play again in a few days. He’s optimistic he won’t need a return trip to the DL.
“I don’t think it is, but I can’t tell you for sure,” he said.
Indians manager Terry Francona said the team’s training staff told him there’s a chance Bourn will be able to play Monday.
“That might be a little ambitious, but if they’re saying that, it’s a very good sign,” Francona said.
Bourn is batting .266 with six runs, two stolen bases and four RBIs in 15 games.
Morgan batted .348 with three steals, four runs and four RBIs in nine games. He was sent down when Bourn came off the DL.
Designated hitter Jason Giambi also left Saturday’s game with a cramp in his right calf and wasn’t in Sunday’s lineup.
Cleveland’s injury list gets longer by the day. The Indians placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique Friday. He’s expected to miss three to five weeks.
The Indians optioned left-hander Nick Hagadone to Columbus to make room for Morgan.
Rays’ Myers launches
NEW YORK — Wil Myers has hit an inside-the-park home run for the Tampa Bay Rays against the New York Yankees.
Myers connected off CC Sabathia for a three-run shot in the third inning Sunday.
With runners at first and second, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year sent a long drive to right-center beyond the reach of Jacoby Ellsbury. The ball hit the top of the wall near the 385-foot sign, caromed off a leaping Ellsbury and rolled away along the warning track.
Myers jogged out of the batter’s box, then turned it on while rounding first base. He scored standing up without a play after second baseman Yangervis Solarte couldn’t handle a one-hop throw from right fielder Carlos Beltran.
It was Tampa Bay’s 11th inside-the-park homer and first since Ben Zobrist did it against Toronto at Tropicana Field on Sept. 25, 2011.
Muskingum edges ONU
for OAC softball title
ADA — Muskingum scored twice in the second and three more times in the fourth to take control and win the deciding Game 7, 3-2, to claim the Ohio Athletic Conference softball tournament title Sunday afternoon at the ONU Softball field.
The top-seeded Polar Bears end their season at 23-19, while the second-seeded Muskies improve to 26-16 and earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.
ONU’s Adriana Sikora led off the game with her league-leading 16th home run of the season and her fifth in as many games in the OAC tournament.
Sikora, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored in the first inning of all five of ONU’s OAC tournament games, three times by home run.
ONU’s Sikora named
ADA — Ohio Northern’s Adriana Sikora led a list of seven Ohio Northern players who were named to all-Ohio Athletic Conference in Softball.
Sikora was named first team.
Colleen Baliga, Bree Hiteshewand Christin Miller, junior Kelly Sheridan and sophomore Amanda Lahti were named to the second team. Freshman Paige Ordean was named honorable mention.
Sikora led the OAC this season with 16 home runs, 51 runs, and 39 RBI. She also led the league with 18 doubles and a .558 on-base percentage. She led the team and was third in the OAC in batting with a .480 average and started 40 games in right field.
Her 16 home runs are the second-most in a single season in ONU history.