The St. Louis Cardinals traded third baseman and World Series hero David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels this off-season in order to bolster their center field spot with the speedy Peter Bourjos.
How speedy is Bourgos? Well, he’s the guy who displaced Mike Trout, relegating arguably the best player in the game to left field temporarily because of the ground he is able to cover in center.
There’s just one problem: Bourjos has a history of injury troubles. His speed does no good if he’s not on the field, something the Angels learned the hard way when he played only 55 games in 2013. Unfortunately for him and the Cardinals, Bourjos is already having trouble with leg tightness early in Spring Training action.
From Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com:
#STLCards monitoring Peter Bourjos, who Matheny said has a “tight leg.” He last played on Sunday.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) March 5, 2014
A .251 career hitter, Bourjos will be 27 years old when the season starts. His best season came in 2011 when he batted .271/.327/.438 with 22 stolen bases. Since that time the question has been what could he do if he stays on the field enough to make a difference. Presumably the Cardinals are hoping that precaution at this point in the year will still set Bourjos up for a healthy 2014 season and a chance to meet that potential.