Bourjos will lead off and play center field as the Phillies take on the Marlins on Wednesday. Bourjos only has eight at-bats in the leadoff spot this season. He and the Phillies will face off against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen of the Marlins. On the season, Bourjos is hitting .313 in 67 at-bats against left-handed pitching. He also has three hits in six at-bats lifetime against Chen.
Bourjos' playing time will be impacted when Aaron Altherr is ready to come off the disabled list later this month, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Altherr, who is recovering from a wrist injury, must be activated from the disabled list no later than July 28. Bourjos is a free agent after this season and is not in the Phillies' long term plans. The team could try to trade him this month, but that may also result in a loss of playing time as he could end up in a situation where he is used as a fourth outfielder.
Bourjos went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Mets. Hitting out of the two-hole, Bourjos plated Odubel Herrera with a sixth-inning three-bagger, his second of July and fifth of the season. The 29-year-old now has a four-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 contests. After a scorching June in which he slashed .410/.455/.623, Bourjos is back at it in July, producing a .333/.366/.615 line over 39 July at-bats.
Bourjos is out of the lineup for Sunday's tilt with Colorado. Bourjos, who's started the last 18 games, will get the final day before the All-Star Break off as Odubel Herrera replaces him in center and bats leadoff. Bourjos ended the first half of the season on a roll as he's gone 29-for-71 (.408) in his last 18 games, raising his batting average 45 points to .274.
Bourjos went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs Wednesday at the Diamondbacks. Bourjos' third bomb of the year gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and he later scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning. He's been on a tear, as he's now hit safely nine straight games to raise his slash line to .262/.300/.391.