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) re-signed Tuesday with the Orioles on a minor-league contract, MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports. Bourn had previously inked a minor-league contract with the Orioles in February, but his bid to make the Opening Day roster was foiled after he broke his right ring finger while playing football before spring training began. The 34-year-old's injured digit has just about healed up, so he'll head to extended spring training and presumably play in simulated games, during which the Orioles will determine if he can be of use at the major-league level. The performance of fifth outfielder Craig Gentry may ultimately dictate if Bourn eventually gets a call back to the big leagues.
Bourn (finger) and the Orioles are working toward a new contract, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. Bourn was released in spring training after he suffered a broken finger that will keep him out of action until late April. He was in camp as a non-roster invitee with a contract that would have paid $2 million had he earned a spot on the major-league squad. Expect Bourn to sign a similarly structured contract with a lower salary due to the time he's slated to miss.
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.