Bourn to serve one-game suspension
Astros center fielder Michael Bourn will serve a one-game suspension and miss Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays after settling his appeal of the discipline he received from Major League Baseball for his actions in a game May 8.
Bourn may be in uniform and participate in the team’s pre-game routine, but MLB rules will prohibit him from being in the dugout or clubhouse when the game begins. Bourn can watch the game from the stands or suite level, but is not permitted in the press box or television/radio broadcast areas.
Bourn was originally suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions, including making contact with umpire Alfonso Marquez, during a game against the Padres in Houston. He was appealing the suspension.
The suspension will be served on a day the Astros face Rays left-hander David Price (6-1, 1.81 ERA). Bourn is hitting .288 with a league-leading 15 stolen bases this year, but he’s batting just .227 against left-handed pitchers. Jason Michaels started in center field Sunday. <p>