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Peter Bourjos back in action on Sunday after missing a week with right hamstring tightness

Mar 9, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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Goods news Sunday morning in Cardinals camp.

According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Peter Bourjos is back in the starting lineup for Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Nationals after sitting out for seven days with tightness in his right hamstring.

Bourjos dealt with chronic leg problems during his final few years in Anaheim, so this was more than a minor concern for the St. Louis medical staff. If the 26-year-old speedster can avoid further setbacks, he should open the 2014 campaign as the Cardinals’ regular center fielder. Jon Jay, a left-handed hitter, also projects to get some starts in center.

Cardinals top hitting prospect Oscar Taveras could also work his way into the mix at some point.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Suggesting Boujos will be the everyday Cards’ center fielder is a stretch. He will start against all lefties, be a late inning replacement, and battle Jay for starts against righties. It he can prove he can hit as well as Jay he could supplant him, but the jury is still out on that.

    • paperlions - Mar 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      He doesn’t have to hit as well though. Defense is important. Jay is not a real CF, Bourjos is among the best defensive CFers in the game.

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