Long gone are the days in which Michael Bourn's speed on the basepaths and Gold Glove defense made him a coveted big league player. Following a 2015 campaign in which he posted a futile 66 wRC+, the Braves cut bait. He was scooped up by the Blue Jays shortly thereafter but released before he appeared in a single major league contest. The Diamondbacks took a flier on Bourn and he operated as their regular center fielder before being shipped to the Orioles late in the season. When it was all said and done, he had compiled 413 plate appearances in 113 games. He showed he still has something in the tank, swiping 15 bases in 20 attempts, but Bourn is now 34 and it's hard to imagine he'll get to 400 at-bats again this season.
Bourn (finger) was released by the Orioles on Monday after he opted out of his minor-league contract, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. This isn't too much of a surprise, as Bourn broke his finger early in spring training and hasn't seen any game action since. The 34-year-old's timetable was recently pushed back to late April, so he decided to utilize his opt-out clause because the Orioles were unlikely to carry him on their 40-man roster. There was a chance he would stay in the organization while rehabbing in case there was an opportunity for him once healthy, but he ultimately decided to look elsewhere while he continues to recover.
Bourn's timetable to return from a broken finger has been pushed back to late April "at the earliest," Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. The veteran outfielder broke his right index finger earlier in the spring but was initially targeting a return within the first couple weeks of the season. However, after visiting a hand specialist Friday, Bourn's timetable has since been pushed back. With Bourn on the shelf for most of the first month of the season, the Orioles will be short on depth in center field options behind Adam Jones.
Bourn (broken finger) won't be ready for MLB action until mid-April, the Baltimore Sun reports. The veteran outfielder will likely begin the 2017 campaign on the DL. A key caveat to his recovery is the fact that Bourn has a clause in his minor-league contract that allows him to opt out if the team doesn't place him on the major league roster by March 27. However, the Orioles could circumvent that by adding Bourn to the 40-man roster and placing him on the new 10-day disabled list to open the season. That move could be backdated to March 30, so Bourn would be eligible to return on April 9. He's not expected to get the splint off his finger for another three weeks, and even then he must get his range of motion back before he's able to begin baseball activities.
Bourn broke his right ring finger playing football on Friday and will be out four weeks, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. It's devastating news for Bourn, who signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this offseason and was competing for a reserve outfield role on the roster. The 34-year-old was traded to Baltimore by Arizona last August and ended the year hitting .264 with 38 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 113 games. Bourn's injury opens the door for Craig Gentry or Joey Rickard to earn more outfield playing time as spring camp continues.
Bourn went 2-for-2 with a two-RBI single and two walks in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Yankees. The veteran outfielder opened the scoring with a timely two-run single in the second that plated Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo and got on base three more times in the loss as well. Bourn has back-to-back two-hit outings and has slashed .310/.388/.476 in 23 games since joining the Orioles.