Astros center fielder Michael Bourn will rejoin the lineup after getting a day off yesterday with tightness in his groin. He’ll be back in the leadoff spot as the Astros take on the Marlins in Houston’s home opener.
Groin injuries can be long-term things, so don’t be completely surprised if Bourn cuts down on his base stealing a bit until it completely heals. It’s clear that he wants to be out there. If you’re considering him in a fantasy league, you may want to see just how he runs before you make the move to start him again.
Jason Bourgeois filled in for Bourn yesterday afternoon and went 1-5 with a run and three strikeouts. The Astros are 1-5 after running into two of last year’s NL playoff teams on the road in their first two series of the year: the Phillies and the Reds. The Marlins should be a much fairer test.