Indians OF Bourn (hamstring) returns to lineup after missing 4 games

Michael Bourn is back atop the Indians' lineup, hitting .250 with five RBI in 16 games.

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CLEVELAND — Indians center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn returned to the lineup after missing four games because of an injured left hamstring.

Bourn went 0 for 4 with a sacrifice fly in Cleveland's 9-4 home win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in his return. He struck out his first two times up, followed by two fly outs and a sacrifice fly.  

Bourn left Saturday's game when he felt the leg tighten up after beating out a bunt against the Chicago White Sox. He didn't play Sunday and missed the first three games against Minnesota.

Bourn had surgery on the hamstring in October, but strained it in spring training and began the season on the disabled list. He's batting .250 with five RBI and two stolen bases.

The Indians begin a trip to Tampa Bay and Toronto on Friday. With games on artificial turf, it's unlikely that Bourn will play every day. Nyjer Morgan, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus when Bourn was injured, will probably stay with the team. Morgan replaced Bourn the last three games.

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