Bourgeois can’t catch a break
Jason Bourgeois has been one of the few bright spots for the Astros this season, hitting .353 in 102 at-bats with 17 stolen bases, which ranks among the league’s leaders. The problem for Bourgeois has been staying healthy.
The Astros placed the fleet-footed outfielder on the 15-day disabled list following Tuesday’s loss to the Rangers with a strained right quadriceps muscle, the same injury that has been nagging him the past few days. Bourgeois missed 25 games on the DL from May 8-June 3 with a strained left oblique, and he later dealt with a sore ankle that required him to get an MRI.
His first injury occurred just as he was beginning to get more playing time, as well as climbing to the top of the league in stolen bases where he was tied with teammate Michael Bourn for a time. Bourgeois didn’t figure to make his way into the team’s starting outfield rotation, but he definitely warranted more playing time. That’s a moot point if he can’t stay healthy.
“I was running at about 85-90 percent to get by until it starts healing up, but today it grabbed at me pretty good,” Bourgeois said. “My game is my legs, so I need them. It’s kind of hurting me right now.”
Bogusevic is hitting .257 with three homers and 27 RBIs for Oklahoma City. He hit .222 (6-for-27) in a stint with the Astros earlier this year.
In other injury news, catcher Humberto Quintero — out since May 28 with a high ankle sprain — will begin an eight-game Minor League rehab stint on July 1 at Oklahoma City. If all goes well, he’ll return to the Major League club following the All-Star break.