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|Posted: Sat Mar 4th, 2017 02:06 am||
|Michael Bourn won't make any more spring appearances for the Baltimore Orioles after manager Buck Showalter ruled out the speedy outfielder for the remainder of Grapefruit League action Thursday.
Bourn, 34, broke the ring finger on his right hand a week ago while catching a football in a workout. He was originally scheduled to miss four weeks, but it appears he'll be out for longer.
"They don't want me to rush back and injure it even more, and they want me to be fully healthy before I get on the baseball field, which I'm in agreement with. It's an injury where you don't want any deformity to your finger. You don't want any setbacks when you come back at the beginning of the season," Bourn said, according to MLB.com's Rich Dubroff.
The Orioles signed Bourn to a minor-league deal in the offseason to compete against veterans Craig Gentry, Chris Dickerson, and Logan Schafer, as well as Rule 5 picks Aneury Tavarez and Anthony Santander, for a bench role on the team.
Bourn appeared in 24 games for the Orioles last season after he was acquired in an August trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The veteran went on to hit .283/.358/.435 with two home runs and eight RBIs in his short stint with the club.
"Everybody that knows me knows that I would like to be there on Opening Day, if I could out there with the team and do all that kind of stuff, looking forward. You don't want to rush it and hurt yourself and be lingering with it the whole time," Bourn said.
"If the pain on a 1-to-10 scale is a two, I'd deal with that, but if it's a four or a five or a six, and it's bothering you every day, day in and day out, sleep is bothering you, that's crazy to me, at the beginning of April trying to deal with that and you still have five or six more months to go."
Over the course of his 11-year career, Bourn owns a .266/.329/.357 slash line with 36 home runs, 69 triples, 361 RBIs, and 341 stolen bases. He is also a two-time All-Star and has won two Gold Gloves.