Bourn wants no day off; Prado back from flu

DENVER – Michael Bourn has played every inning of every Braves game this season, but the center fielder has no intention to ask for a day off, no desire to get one, and shows no sign of fatigue.

Not after playing all 11 innings of Wednesday’s four-hour win against Philadelphia. Or all nine innings of the next day’s loss to the Phillies. Or all 11 innings of Friday’s series-opening win against the Rockies, when the speedy leadoff man went 3-for-6 with a double, a walk and his eighth and nine stolen bases, helping the Braves overcome a 5-0 first-inning deficit.

Asked Saturday if he still wanted to be in the lineup every day, he smiled.

“Yeah, man,” Bourn said. “I’m not asking for no day off. You feel it a little bit, but that’s part of playing baseball. That’s how it is. You just go out there every day and try to grind it out and give the team what you’ve got that day.”

Bourn’s bat heated up the sixth game of the season and has pretty much stayed hot ever since. He hit .385 (35-for-91) with seven extra-base hits, a .446 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases in the past 21 games before Saturday, and the Braves had a 14-7 record in that period.

“It’s been fun, man,” Bourn said. “We play well together as a group. We stick behind each other, like [Friday] night. Even though we were down 5-0, in the dugout nobody was panicking, nobody was mad at each other. We just said, let’s go. We kept trying to climb back into it, and once we got back in, we kept trying to pour it on some more.

“It was kind of like the night against Philly [Wednesday’s 15-13 win, when the Braves trailed 6-0 and 12-8]. We came back, they came back and took the lead, we came back some more…. We did it again last night. You have to go through those kind of games to know where you stand.

The only Braves who’ve started every game this season are Bourn and second baseman Dan Uggla. Nobody on the field runs as much as the center fielder, and Bourn covers a lot of ground. But he’s not missed an inning or at-bat for a cramp or a sore anything.

“Danny is just Danny,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who meant that as a compliment for his durable second baseman, who’s built like a fire hydrant with arms. “But I’ve been impressed with Bourny and the way he takes care of himself. He has a routine, he comes in in the afternoon and takes care of his body.

“Nevertheless, we’ve got this stretch of 20 games, I’m going to give him a breather. When we face a tough left-hander or something, I’m going to give him a rest.”

Beginning Friday at St. Louis, the Braves play 20 games in 20 days. If Bourn were asked to play every day, he’d gladly do it as long as he’s healthy enough to play.

“I like to play every day,” he said. “Everybody feels like they probably need a day off during the season. But I’m good right now. It’s a grind every day, just like going to work. I’m pretty sure every day y’all don’t say, ‘Man, I want to go to work.’ But you’ve got to go do it. Some days you’re not going to feel your best, but you’ve got to go out there and do your best.”

Prado better after bout with flu

Left fielder Martin Prado felt so ill with a flu bug on Friday that he was told to stay back at the team’s Denver hotel and skip the series opener, which he did.

He rejoined the team for Saturday night’s game, feeling better and available to come off the bench. Gonzalez said he expected Prado to be back in the lineup Sunday.

“I don’t know where I got that [flu bug] from, man,” said Prado, who fell ill soon after the Braves landed in Denver on Thursday night. “As soon as I got to my room I started shaking. Body aches and fever. I don’t know, man. I felt so weak. The next morning [Friday], it was not good.”

The Braves didn’t want to reveal before Friday’s game that Prado wasn’t at the ballpark, since they didn’t want the Rockies to know he would not be available at any point in the series opener.

“I felt so weird watching the game on TV” at the hotel, Prado said. “That was the only thing that made me feel better [about it], that we won the game. I was like, whew, OK, we won. They grinded, man. They did it.”

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Brave Decisions

May 5th, 2012
8:58 pm

Good, Bourn has been awesome! Won’t have him past this year so let’s get everything we a out of him.

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Taylorvol

May 5th, 2012
9:04 pm

I love Bourn’s attitude. He’s been better than expected. Fits in well in the clubhouse and love his enthusiasm.

The Rickster

May 5th, 2012
9:11 pm

The walks are killing us. What has happened to our pitching?

Felix

May 5th, 2012
9:13 pm

Man, Braves pitching has fallen apart. What the heck is going on?

Knockahoma

May 5th, 2012
9:14 pm

Might be time to switch Minor with J.J.

Knockahoma

May 5th, 2012
9:16 pm

1eyedJack

May 5th, 2012
9:42 pm

If we lose Bourn to free agency, do we get a supplamental pick?

cowdogit

May 5th, 2012
9:42 pm

The braves have a good hitting team,the only thing different from the team that won fourteen division titles and this team is LEO MAZZONE”. The sports reporters in this area are intimidated by Bobby Cox will not say one negative word about McDowell.

#1

May 5th, 2012
9:48 pm

His secretis that while his teammates are on the field he catches a few extra moments in the bathroom : – )

Heisenberg

May 5th, 2012
10:59 pm

“The Braves didn’t want to reveal before Friday’s game that Prado wasn’t at the ballpark”

Somewhere Bill Belicek is smiling.

(Philly)Hater

May 5th, 2012
11:01 pm

I’d be happy to give Bourn Chipper’s $13 mill next year!

Blue ridge Brave

May 5th, 2012
11:01 pm

Evan Gattis with his third home run and AA tonight. Time to move him on up to the next level and i dont mean AAA. AA is more of a test for the big leagues as most top prospects are there before they get called up. The two that Gattis just faced from the d backs are big league ready and imo so is he. I say prado becomes what he is our super util guy playing first, second, third, and some of. Put chipper in the two hole and Gattis hitting 7th behind heyward.

Wes Covington

May 5th, 2012
11:30 pm

Not likely to happen, Blue ridge at least this year. Gattis has only 3 games experience in LF and you know the Braves. Veterans. Which is why Gearin and Flande are not in the majors right now.

Maybe, Gattis gets a chance in LF in spring training of 2013. Probably plays in the Arizona Fall Dev League. But, Wren may go out and get a 40 year old vet hasbeen for LF when Chipper retires. Remember Loaf?

I am hoping Braves resign Bourn and put Gattis in LF in 2013. Put Prado at 3B. Or, better yet, trade Uggla and put Prado at 2B and put Francisco at 3B. Uggla has to be the next overpaid Wren mistake. Lowe and Karakami being the first 2.

Ryan

May 5th, 2012
11:45 pm

I disagree that we overpaid uggla. Great guy, works hard, runs everything out and mashes 30+ hr every year….

Blue ridge Brave

May 5th, 2012
11:56 pm

Thats the big thing is his d in left. This guy the last two years has killed the ball. He hit 22 bombs in like 330 at bats. What i like the most not the 12 home runs he has already hit but the fact he has only kd like 12 or 13 times. I hope they do move him up to AAA may have to go check his d out so i can be real pissed lol.

Brett

May 6th, 2012
12:16 am

Trade Uggla? You sir are a moron.

Who Me?

May 6th, 2012
12:32 am

Gattis’ OPS is sick this year….

hiway 61

May 6th, 2012
12:36 am

Hold lota love..hold lota love …tonight.

keep Bourn..Yes!

hiway 61

May 6th, 2012
12:36 am

Love Bourn!!!!!!!!!!!

hiway 61

May 6th, 2012
12:38 am

They gave CF an error..that was a hit by Bourn..they screw him often.

Who Me?

May 6th, 2012
12:43 am

Umm. It hit the CF’s glove and bounced to the fence. Clearly an error, even though I agree with you in that I wanted to give Bourn a hit….

Who Me?

May 6th, 2012
12:44 am

How about CJ’s BA getting back in the .320’s?? Not bad for a 40 yr old huh?

nuh uh

May 6th, 2012
12:49 am

livan is a stud

Who Me?

May 6th, 2012
12:57 am

Hope he didn’t break the finger stabbing at that ball. I think Livan missed his calling, dude can close.

AussieBrave

May 6th, 2012
2:16 am

I want to see a game!! It’s so sad! I’m sorry our pitching is not turning out to be the greatest staff of all timem, but it’s heaps of fun scoring runs.

Younger Than That Now

May 6th, 2012
3:02 am

I know the Braves are in Denver and all that, but this is a good ballclub and they’re doing a great job coming back from what I think are big deficits… impressive! Bourn is absolutely right, these guys play like a team and are behind one another one hundred percent and it shows. You can just see the camraderie that these guys are enjoying and it’s nice to see, especially in professional athletes.

A win is a win but these wins are especially gratifying! GO BRAVES!!

john

May 6th, 2012
8:49 am

Way to rotate Diaz into the lineup. I can see why Bourn wants to play everyday. He’s out for a new contract and wants his numbers as inflated as possible when he hits free agency.

The posters on here who complain so loudly about the rotation of players and use of the bench are the baseball collecting nerds who’ve never swung a bat in real life. cheers :)

Brave New World

May 6th, 2012
9:08 am

It’s still very early, but Phils do not look like a dominant team. The NL East is likely to have three playoff teams in 2012 with the new wild card format. The Mets have been a surprise team so far. The Braves pitching will improve as the season progresses. If we keep scoring runs, the Braves will win between 90-95 games in 2012, and coast into the playoffs. GO BRAVES!

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longtimefan

May 6th, 2012
4:12 pm

The Uggla haters are similar to the Chippers haters-they are ill-informed or it’s a personal bias not based on facts.
For those who still doubt Chipper is a real asset and worth his pay, how about a few facts. I hate to confuse those out there who “just don’t like that guy cause he goes to that Hooters place, but let me present a few stats-baseball being a game of stats.
His lifetime slash line .304/.402/.533/.935. 459 HR, 1582. To the uninitiated, that’s beyond outstanding. All-TiME third basemen in history of MLB he is fourth in HR and RBI and by the AS break will likely be second all tome in RBIs. Second or third best switch hitter in history of MLB( got to tip my cap to Mantle).
For the what has he done lately crowd-2012 .318 BA, 5 HR 21 RBI; all either 2nd or 3rd for 3B, in only 66 ABs.
For the “yeah, but he does’t play much and his fielding sucks” crowd, last year he played in 126 gm with 455AB. His number of AB were 12th among all 3rd basemen from all teams in ALand NL. And he was second in fielding % among eligible third basemen in NL with tied for fewest errors at 6.
No, I’m not his agent, mother or jock-sniffer. I’m a longtimefan of the Braves and have enjoyed watching a future HOF player who has played his entire career with the Braves, a rarity these days. And one more stat for the saber rattlers, he is 76 Wins Above Replacement for his career; a feat that puts him among the top 100 players(including pitchers) to have ever played the Game.

BrandonLee49

May 6th, 2012
4:48 pm

Fredi Freeman Hot Bat, Hits 6th HR, gets another Triple, Uggla CLutch hitting knocks Freeman Home… Beachy is hangin in there, doing well so far… Way to go Braves !

BrandonLee49

May 6th, 2012
4:55 pm

Braves finding ways to Win without CJones, is a Good thing… Spreading around the heroics is a better heathy environment all the way around… Everybody coming up to the plate has as much of a chance to be a hero; Game Winner as anybody else. It’s a healthy mindset for everybody to be in. Hinske, Mc’Cann, Freeman, Bourn, Prado. Uggla.. the Lineup is showing it can produce no matter whose coming up.

Del Crandall

May 6th, 2012
7:45 pm

Please, let’s not ever compare Uggla to Chipper. Uggla is what he is. Yes, he will hit 30 HR’s; he will also strike out more than most in the NL. He will also make more errors than any 2B in recent memory. And, he will never be an All Star. Prado is by far, the better fielder of the 2. Probably, should have made Uggla the LF. Those who feel Uggla is worth 13 mil, raise your hand. 13 mil for a career .233 hitter?

He is also so bulked up that he can’t throw. Thank God FF is at 1B and saves him countless errors.

Ted Abernathy

May 7th, 2012
8:59 am

Rubber arm Livan was a good pickup. Braves considering bringing back Mudcat Grant next.

Moeman

May 7th, 2012
11:55 am

Might sound crazy but wonder if Braves have considered moving Uggla to 3rd next year. He’s got the body and the heart for it. As he gets older his range at 2nd could become a problem. Not sure he has the arm.

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