Bourn reflects on time in Houston
A few hours after being traded to the Braves, center fielder Michael Bourn spoke with MLB.com via telephone about the deal, his time in Houston and his future in Atlanta.
“I’m happy I’m joining them, but at the same time I didn’t want to leave my hometown,” said Bourn, a Houston native. “That’s part of playing baseball and part of what you do.”
As the Trade Deadline grew closer and the rumors picked up, Bourn had a sense he could be on the move. The Astros sent Bourn to the Braves less than 48 hours after they sent two-time All-Star right field Hunter Pence to the Phillies.
In exchange for the speedy Bourn, the Astros received outfielder Jordan Schafer from the Braves and three Minor League pitchers – left-hander Brett Oberholtzer and right-handers Paul Clemens and Juan Abreu.
“They’re trying to rebuild and reload,” Bourn said. “I understand that. There are no hard feelings involved. I knew what was going on. I told everyone else, when I saw Hunter go there might be a possibility I’m going, too. That’s a part of what happens sometimes.”
Like Pence, Bourn is going from the team with the worst record to a playoff contender.
“I know they’re good,” he said. “I know that much, alright. But other than that, I don’t know a whole bunch about them. I know they’re a first-class organization from what I hear. I’m happy to be part of that and see how I fit in.”
Here are some other news items from Sunday:
- General manager Ed Wade announced that OF Luis Durango has been recalled from Triple- A Oklahoma City to replace Bourn on the 25-man roster. Durango was claimed off waivers from San Diego on June 29 and was hitting .278 in 25 games at Oklahoma City with 13 stolen bases as the RedHawks centerfielder. The 25-year-old has Major League experience, spending parts of 2009 and 2010 with the Padres, hitting .305 in 37 games with seven steals.
- RHP Brandon Lyon has been transferred to the 60-day DL.
- OF Jordan Schafer and RHP Juan Abreu have been placed on the 40-man roster. Abreu has been optioned to Triple A Oklahoma City.