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Indians activate Michael Bourn from the disabled list

May 9, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is off the disabled list after missing the past three weeks with a lacerated finger from being spiked.

In his absence the Indians used Drew Stubbs in center field, with Ryan Raburn taking over in right field. Raburn has hit really well while Stubbs has struggled–and hasn’t really hit since 2010–so expect Stubbs to see more bench time with Bourn back in center field.

Bourn, who signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Indians this offseason, hit .333 with two homers and a .975 OPS in 10 games before the injury.

  1. 13arod - May 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    why did they do it after the game????????

  2. Kevin Gillman - May 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Aaron, Stubbs is hitting .255 coming into today’s game, not great, but certainly not awful either. He hit .215 last season. So Stubbs is hitting 40 points higher, and what he also brings is team defense, and speed. I like Raburn, and he has done a great job so far, but come on….Stubbs on defense and speed alone deserves the bulk of the playing time in RF, unless he starts to hit .215 again. One thing though, the Indians finally have a deep bench that when injuries happen, we have capable players to fill in, when needed.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Updated, Stubbs is now hitting .264 Aaron, that’s hardly “struggling”, and Raburn isn’t going to hit .333 all season either. So……

    • Mark - May 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      When he says Stubbs hasn’t hit, he’s referring to the fact that since 2011 he’s hit 232/302/352. This season is a little better at 255/304/377, but it’s nothing to write home about. It’s a 91 OPS+ and 89 wRC+ so we’re looking at a fairly below average hitter.

      As you said his D/base running is good enough to keep him in the game if he continues his current production with the bat. But Aaron’s right to say he’s not much of a hitter.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        No Mark, Aaron said that Ryan Raburn, in Bourn’s absence has been raking, while Stubbs is “struggling”. Read it again, I did some research, and since Bourn has been hurt, Stubbs is hitting .282, with a .778 OPS. The OPS, eh, but the .282 is above average, which means he isn’t struggling. But again, the Indians have the depth, and it’s a good problem to have, which is unlike what they have been in recent years.

      • Mark - May 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        It’s not really a good idea to use arbitrary end points like you’re doing. Because then we end up reading into it what we want to believe. And because it’s makes a small sample size even smaller.

        For instance, Stubbs had a fantastic game April 20 vs Houston. Since that game he’s gone 255/276/436. While you’re right that Stubbs did well during Bourn’s absence, he really hasn’t hit much over the past 2 weeks so there’s really no guarantee he’ll continue to hit well going forward.

        I’m not trying to prove you wrong by using a smaller sample size, just pointing out why it’s not a good idea to use arbitrary end points on a sample size of 50-60 at bats.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Okay, I checked, April 21st-May 9th, he is hitting .271 with a .737 OPS. The only number that bothers me is he has 2 walks in that time, and 15 strikeouts. But again, he has hit 9th in this lineup, even with Bourn not here. He led off a few times, but only when Michael Brantley had the day off.

        You say I shouldn’t use sample sizes to prove my point? Why? Because then I’d be proven right? Aaron brought up even in Bourn’s absence, Stubbs was struggling. So I checked, big deal, and I proved that he was wrong, because in that time, Drew hit .280. So why shouldn’t I check that?

        Regardless, he is hitting 9th in this lineup, he isn’t leading off which is what he did many times for the Reds, and a big reason why I think Reds fans don’t like the guy. But so far he has done what I was expecting him to do, and he isn’t one of main focal points of the offense. Now someone said that Stubbs won’t listen, but he has done that so far this season, even getting away from the toe tap this spring. I think everyone can agree that terry Francona is a better teacher than Dusty Baker is. But regardless, this was a trade that has helped both teams. We knew Choo wasn’t going to stay, and we also picked up a young kid that can be a FOR starter in Trevor Bauer, along with Bryan Shaw, who is lighting up everyone, and Stubbs has proven to get some big hits so far, especially on Friday’s game against the Twins, going 4-5, and picking up the walk-off win double.

  3. mazblast - May 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Enjoy the production you’re getting from Stubbs right now, Tribe fans (am I allowed to say “Tribe”? It’s so un-PC), because he’ll revert to the mean soon enough. That means long stretches of 3- and 4-K games and a refusal to change his approach, either between games, between ABs, or within his plate appearances. He does play terrific defense, though.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      He’s already changed his approach, he doesn’t do the toe tap anymore, which was his biggest issue.

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