Fresh off a minor thumb injury suffered in the series against the Tigers, Bourjos is injured yet again with a fracture in his right wrist. The Angels centerfielder will miss 2-3 weeks. Mike Trout will move back over the centerfield with J.B. Shuck expected to take on most of the duties in left field.
Bourjos, who had just spent a week out of the lineup with a thumb injury, was hit on the wrist from a pitch by Jordan Lyles yesterday and had to be removed from the game. This marks the second time this season Bourjos will spend time on the disabled list and marks the third time in the last two seasons that Bourjos has missed significant time due to injury. He’s never played a full season in the majors without a stint on the DL.
The injury comes at a time when the Angels are riding a five-game winning streak as they try to salvage any hopes of being a competitor in 2013. When healthy, Bourjos has put up some of the best numbers of his career posting a .326/.385/.450 batting line and showcased excellent defense good for 1.3 WAR according the Baseball Prospectus.
While this most recent injury to Bourjos was more of a fluke than anything, his history of injuries put in doubt his durability over the course of a full-season. Angels fans and the Los Angeles front office can only hope that this latest string of ailments isn’t a sign of things to come. After all, no matter how much talent or potential a player has, the Jed Lowrie‘s of the world can only contribute so much to a team if they keep finding themselves injured. Certainly, if these injuries continue to plague Bourjos, the Angels may find themselves tentative in relying on Bourjos as an everyday player come 2014 and beyond.
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