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Michael Bourn could return to Braves’ lineup on Sunday

Sep 29, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

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Braves center fielder Michael Bourn hasn’t played since September 22 because of a mild sprain in his left thumb. But things are suddenly looking up.

David O’Brien of the Altanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bourn has a “good chance” of returning to the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Mets and that he’s been held out of recent games mostly as a precautionary measure

“The big thing is we don’t want to get a setback,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters on Saturday. “We’re running out of games and we don’t want to get a setback right now.”

As it stands, the Braves will host the Cardinals in the one-game NL Wild Card playoff next Friday.

Bourn, 29, is batting .274/.346/.391 with 39 stolen bases and a career-high nine homers in 151 games.

  1. natsattack - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    I know it is unrelated, but why did Micheal Morse have to run the bases backwards on his grand slam today after the review. He was a little past second, they made him go back and touch first, then sent him back to the batters box. He then took a mock swing, then ran around the bases once more. Can anyone tell me why?

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