After leaving Wednesday night’s game with groin tightness, Astros center fielder Michael Bourn did not play in Thursday afternoon’s game. The injury isn’t expected to sideline Bourn much longer, as both Astros manager Brad Mills and Bourn himself seemed to think that Bourn would be back sooner rather than later. Here are some pertinent quotes as gathered by Brian McTaggart at MLB.com:
“It feels better today,” Bourn said. “It’s not too bad. There’s a chance I could go tomorrow, but I won’t rush it. Obviously, I want to be ready to go for the first home game.”
“I could see it in his face last night that he was a little bit nervous,” said Astros manager Brad Mills. “I think he was surprised how good he felt today. We’ll get him back in the lineup very soon, tomorrow or the next day.”
Looks like the timetable will indeed be very short. The Astros started Jason Bourgeois in center field for today’s game, and he went 1-5 with a run, a stolen base, and three strikeouts.