Bourn to miss a few days with injury

Astros center fielder Michael Bourn said he will miss at least “a couple of days” after being forced to leave Sunday’s win over the Reds in the seventh inning with a mild right lower oblique strain. The club is listing him as day to day.

“He’s probably going to have to take a rest at least [Monday] and maybe a couple of days,” Astros manager Brad Mills said.

Bourn, who has reached base in 27 consecutive games in which he’s had a plate appearance, grabbed for his lower back when he fouled off a pitch in his at-bat in the seventh inning. Mills and assistant athletic trainer Rex Jones came to the plate to check on him, but he convinced them to let him stay in the game.

“He saw me and I said ‘Let’s go ahead and get out of here,’ and he was very demonstrative against coming out of the game,” Mills said. “That led me to think that maybe it wasn’t an oblique, it was something else. After the next swing, it wasn’t tough to make a decision.”

Bourn fouled off the next pitch and again grabbed his lower back before heading for the dugout.

“I just felt it the first time and I thought I could still go, but after the second time I knew I couldn’t go,” he said. “I told them I couldn’t do it anymore. They told me it would be day to day and I suspect it’ll be a couple of days at least.”

Bourn is hitting .346 with a .421 on-base percentage since Aug. 21.


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