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Peter Bourjos being hampered by leg tightness

Mar 5, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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Troubling news Wednesday out of Cardinals camp.

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Peter Bourjos has been held out of Grapefruit League action since Sunday because of what’s being called a “tight leg.” Bourjos has already been ruled out for Thursday’s Grapefruit League tilt with the Twins and it’s not clear when he might be cleared to return.

Bourjos dealt with chronic hamstring issues at the end of his tenure with the Angels. And his game, which is very defense and speed oriented, relies heavily on his legs being in good health. So this situation is more worrisome than a typical complaint of early-spring soreness.

The Cardinals acquired Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk this winter from the Angels for third baseman David Freese and right-hander Fernando Salas. Bourjos is expected to serve as the primary center fielder this year in St. Louis. Jon Jay, a far weaker defender, is the Cards’ current backup option.

Top prospect Oscar Taveras is still working to return to full strength from last year’s ankle surgery.

  1. echech88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Sky is blue, grass is green.

    Pete’s a lot of fun to watch play in the outfield but it’s hard to argue he’s not made of glass. For a guy who needs lots of ABs to get in a rhythm at the plate, the injuries are a big problem.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Goddammit.

      It’s impossible to read that first line in any way but What Does The Fox Say? and now I have that stuck in my head.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    I would not be surprised one bit to see Jon Jay starting in CF and Mark Ellis starting at 2B opening day – and beyond.

    Hopefully Bourjos gets healthy, unfortunately Wong is playing himself back to Memphis.

    Ah well, it’s early – and it’s nice to have insurance.

    • forsch31 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Wong’s appeared in 3 spring training games. Three. Just sayin’.

  3. gibbyfan - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    I’m thinking that’s very possible Falcon……..but hopefully Wong will not wind up being a second base version of Pete Kozma and will eventually play well.Given his injury history and light hitting, I don’t really expect all that much from PB anyway—but Cards should be well stocked in the outfield

  4. spudchukar - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Relax.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Deep breathes Cardinals fans. The sky is not falling. It is early March. Once we reach mid July…let the frentic nerve wracking stress set in. Until then…deep breathes.

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