Bourgeois was acquired by the White Sox for cash considerations Monday. Bourgeois was batting .356 (37-for-104) with 13 runs and nine RBI for Triple-A Reno before being dealt to the White Sox. The 34-year-old outfielder will report to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
Bourgeois went 14-62 with six runs, four extra base hits, 14 RBI, one walk and five strikeouts this spring. Bourgeois is an MLB journeyman past his prime who was brought in to add depth to Arizona's minor league outfield. However, if AJ Pollack (elbow) stays out and another Diamondbacks' outfielder gets injured, Bourgeois could get pulled up to the majors this season.
Bourgeois signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Bourgeois missed much of the season with a left shoulder injury before returning to post a .240/.294/.332 line in 68 games with the Reds. He'll serve as organizational depth in the outfield for the Diamondbacks, but will likely be reduced to a minor league or fourth outfielder role.
Bourgeois was outrighted off the 40-man roster on Friday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Bourgeois missed the majority of the first half of the season with a fracture in his left shoulder, then struggled to the tune of a .240/.294/.332 line the rest of the way. The 33-year-old will likely be reduced to a fourth outfielder role next season.
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (shoulder) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants. A bout of right shoulder soreness forced Hamilton from Monday's game, his sixth game back after missing several weeks with a right shoulder sprain. His removal was deemed precautionary, but the Reds will take further precaution and hold Hamilton out for at least one more day in hopes of avoiding any further setbacks with the shoulder. Jason Bourgeois will start in center field and lead off against right-hander Chris Heston.