An injury plagued season in which
“It's pretty frustrating,” Bourjos said before Saturday night's game against the
Instead, Bourjos has been a shadow of the player who hit .313 with a .370 on-base percentage before suffering a left-hamstring strain on April 29, and .370 with a .431 OBP in 18 June games before breaking a bone in the wrist. In 15 games since his Aug. 16 return, Bourjos hit .109 (five for 46).
"Checking a swing really bothered me, and I had a tough time staying on top of pitches," Bourjos, 26, said. "I didn't feel strong. If I have to load up on pills to get it to be manageble to where I can put a swing on the ball that is somewhat comfortable, that's not good."
General Manager Jerry Dipoto was so confident in the abilities of the speedy Bourjos, who is a
The injuries have diminished the trade value of Bourjos, once a hot commodity who could have been packaged in a deal for a good young starting pitcher. But could they also change how the organization views him and damage his chances of starting in 2014?
"I don't have any control over that — what's done is done — but it's not like I'm banged up with a bad knee that's achy," Bourjos said. "I pulled a hamstring in an extra-inning game and got hit by a pitch. They're serious injuries that have been kind of fluky. I've shown that when I'm healthy, I'm able to play at this level."
Some good fortune would help.
“I asked him, ‘Did you break a mirror or something? Did a black cat run across your path?'” Manager
Bourjos said his August struggles were related to timing and a lack of strength, but
"The last X-ray I had was identical to the first one taken when I got hurt," Bourjos said. "It didn't get worse, but it didn't get better."
When Bourjos first discussed surgery with doctors, he was expecting a procedure in which the broken bone is removed. But an
"They're concerned if they remove the bone it could destabilize the wrist and cause more problems," Bourjos said. "They feel confident that, with this surgery, I'll be OK."