The Los Angeles Angels lost center fielder Peter Bourjos to a thumb injury this weekend. X-rays were negative, and Bourjos told Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times that he will be expects to be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list.
Bourjos suffered the injury while attempting to break up a double play. While sliding, his thumb got caught on second base and he was forced to exit the contest. Once the swelling subsides, Bourjos said he'll be able to return.
“Everything went well today,” Bourjos said in a text
message. “Once the swelling goes down, I can play.”
The Angels begin a series against the Detroit Tigers today, and Bourjos is expected to be with the team. He may be given another day or two off to rest his thumb, but it sounds like he should be back by the end of the week.
It's great news for the Angels, as Bourjos has been fantastic this season. The 26-year-old has hit .331/.386/.457 with eight extra-base hits and four stolen bases in four attempts over 144 plate appearances. He also missed time earlier this season with a strained hamstring, an injury that required a stint on the DL.
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