Bourn's return to lineup pegged for Wednesday

Bourn's return to lineup pegged for Wednesday

Bourn's return to lineup pegged for Wednesday
ATLANTA -- Michael Bourn was forced to wait one more day before getting a chance to return to the Braves' starting lineup. Bourn jammed his left thumb while sliding headfirst into second base during the fourth inning of Saturday's win over the Phillies.

Bourn received encouraging news on Monday when noted hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie evaluated his thumb and did not find any structural damage. Bourn will likely be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

"There was no ligament damage or broken bones, just sore," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's getting better. I left [the lineup] open for a while before he got here, just to make sure if we could play him, we'd play him. But we'll shoot for tomorrow."

Bourn just shook his head on Saturday when it was pointed out that this injury came just when it looked like he might be escaping his recent woes at the plate. Before notching his third multihit performance of the month on Saturday, the All-Star outfielder had hit .179 with a .301 on-base percentage in his previous 31 games.