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July 2, 2017 07:32 PM
Michael Bourn: Released by Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn was released by the Angels on Sunday.

His pro career appears to be coming to a close. Bourn has hit .248/.335/.350 across stops with Triple-A affiliates of the Angels and Orioles, and he no longer provides valuable outfield defense.

June 3, 2017 07:28 PM
Angels' Michael Bourn: Heads to Angels on MiLB deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Friday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bourn was released by the Orioles in late May, but given the Angels' precarious outfield situation, the two sides seemed like a fit. He'll head to Triple-A Salt Lake for now, but he could find his way to the majors to provide reinforcements if he shows any semblance of his former self at the plate with the Bees.

May 25, 2017 01:20 PM
Michael Bourn: Released by Orioles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn was released from his minor-league contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Bourn exercised his opt-out clause Tuesday, and given the .220 batting average he produced in 11 games with Triple-A Norfolk, it comes as no surprise that the team opted not to move him up to the big league roster. The 34-year-old's experience could be a calling card in free agency, though his best days are certainly behind him.

May 23, 2017 05:52 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Exercises opt-out clause Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn is not traveling with Triple-A Norfolk after utilizing the opt-out clause in his contract Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of reports.

The Orioles now have 24 hours to either send the veteran to the big leagues or to grant him his release from the team. As a roster formality, Bourn was sent down to Low-A Aberdeen to clear space on the Tides' roster, but more likely than not, he'll likely be heading into free agency. More information on this should be revealed in the next day or so.

May 8, 2017 10:52 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Assigned to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn (finger) reported to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Bourn was able to take part in some games at extended spring training for the past week and experienced no issues with his fractured right ring finger, prompting the team to clear him for minor-league action. It's expected that Bourn will play at least a handful of games with Norfolk before the Orioles determine whether he's worthy of a spot on the 25-man roster. If the Orioles decide to purchase Bourn's contract, he'd likely serve in a backup capacity in the team's outfield.

April 28, 2017 07:00 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Set to begin live action Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn will begin playing in extended spring training games Tuesday and will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk after logging somewhere between 35-40 at-bats at camp, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Bourn was released, re-signed and sent to Sarasota all in a matter of two weeks in early April. The veteran entered spring training in March with the hope of challenging for some major-league at-bats, but a broken finger ended those aspirations. Bourn will be on the radar for a call up if the O's need depth later in 2017, but until then, he's best left on your fantasy waiver wire.

April 11, 2017 11:20 AM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Re-signs with Baltimore on minor-league pact
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 11, 2017 07:28 PM
Michael Bourn: Working on new deal with Orioles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 28, 2017 05:04 PM
Michael Bourn: Granted release by Orioles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 25, 2017 03:36 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Timetable pushed back to late April
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 3, 2017 12:28 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Targeting mid-April return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 2, 2017 11:40 AM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Unlikely to see spring action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn (finger) isn't expected to receive at-bats in spring training games because of his recently broken finger, according to manager Buck Showalter, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

It's a tough break for the veteran outfielder, who fractured the digit playing football last week. The 34-year-old still may earn a chance with the big club sometime in 2017, though other dominoes will have to fall in a crowded outfield for him to earn significant playing time. AL-only fantasy competitors could consider stashing him on a DL roster spot, though at the moment, there's not much immediate reward for that decision.

February 25, 2017 09:50 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Out four weeks with broken finger
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn broke his right ring finger playing football Friday and will be out four weeks, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

It's devastating news for Bourn, who just signed a minor league contract with the Orioles and was competing for a reserve outfield role. 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.

February 20, 2017 07:30 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Returns for another season with Orioles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn has signed a minor league contract with Baltimore, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

The deal is a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training and a $2 million dollar salary in the likely event that Bourn makes the club, Eduardo A. Encina reports. Bourn hit a cool .283/.358/.435 in 24 games with the Orioles down the stretch in 2016. With Baltimore currently planning on starting Hyun-Soo Kim and Seth Smith in the corner outfield spots in 2017, they will be able to use Bourn well as a defensive replacement and fourth outfielder off the bench.

October 3, 2016 12:30 AM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Bats leadoff for first time with Orioles on Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn went 0-for-4 while hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time in a Baltimore uniform in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Bourn had reached base in his last six plate appearances heading into Sunday's game. He started the last four games of the season and the Orioles figure to play the matchups as postseason play begins. Bourn slashed a solid .283/.358/.435 after being acquired by Baltimore on September 1.

October 2, 2016 07:34 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: On base four times in win over Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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. He reached base three more times in the loss. Bourn has back-to-back two-hit outings and has slashed .310/.388/.476 in 23 games since joining the Orioles.

September 8, 2016 12:56 AM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Hits solo homer in loss Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn started Wednesday for the first time for the Orioles and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

It is a bit of a surprise it took a week for Bourn to get into the lineup. The presence of Steve Pearce, Hyun Soo Kim, Nolan Reimold and Drew Stubbs on the roster could mean that Bourn falls into the situational role in which he has served so far. The injury to Chris Davis put Pearce at first base and may have opened the door for Bourn to play in left field, though Davis is expected to return Friday.

August 31, 2016 10:08 PM
Orioles' Michael Bourn: Traded to Orioles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn was traded to the Orioles for a minor league prospect on Wednesday.

With Adam Jones dealing with hamstring issues, the Orioles were looking to acquire depth in center field. Bourn slashed .261/.307/362, and posted 13 stolen bases in 89 games with the Diamondbacks this season.

August 29, 2016 06:50 PM
Diamondbacks' Michael Bourn: Collects three hits, scores three times Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn went 3-for-5 with a steal and three runs in Sunday's win over the Reds.

With A.J. Pollock back in the fold playing center, Bourn was bumped to right field in this one, and he eventually shifted over to left. Going forward, Bourn could lose some playing time as the Diamondbacks look to get starts for Yasmany Tomas, Rickie Weeks and Brandon Drury in the corner outfield. Bourn is at least making a case for a regular role, as he's gone 17-for-54 (.315) with 10 runs over the last two weeks.

August 26, 2016 08:24 PM
Diamondbacks' Michael Bourn: Out of lineup Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourn is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

The two-time All-Star has picked it up offensively of late, and while A.J. Pollock (elbow) is now back as the primary center fielder, Bourn will likely remain involved with a couple starts per week. Pollock is expected to be eased back into regular duty, starting two out of every three games for the time being.

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