Bourn hurt doing type of slide he advises against

PHILADELPHIA – Braves center fielder Michael Bourn woke Sunday with a sore and swollen left thumb, after not taking his own advice regarding head-first slides.

Bourn jammed his thumb sliding into second base in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 8-2 win against the Phillies. It’s not believed to be a serious injury, but it kept him out of the lineup Sunday just when the leadoff man has shown signs of emerging from a long slump.

Braves rookie Andrelton Simmons recently returned from an eight-week stint on the disabled list after breaking his hand on a head-first slide, and Jason Heyward was slowed during his stellar rookie season by a thumb injury following a head-first slide.

“I know, and that’s what I tell them all the time – don’t slide head-first,” Bourn said Sunday, shaking his head as he sat on a couch in the visitor’s clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, his left thumb and hand in an ice wrap. “And look what I did. Sliding head-first.”

Braves trainers tested the thumb after the incident to make sure it was stable, ruling out a fracture. Bourn thinks he could be ready to play Tuesday, but he’ll have the thumb examined Monday by a hand specialist on the team’s day off.

Bourn was at first base when Martin Prado hit a looping fly ball to right field that dropped in for a single. Bourn initially hesitated, not knowing if the ball would be caught. When he realized it wouldn’t be, he raced to second and slid head-first, beating the throw but hurting his thumb.

“I’ve done it before where I tore my ligament,” he said after Saturday’s game. “I was just thinking, get to second, because I wanted us to continue to hit. Last thing I wanted was to get out right there, so in my head I was thinking to get to the bag. I knew I was going too fast. I don’t like to slide head-first, and that’s the reason why. It’s too risky. You go in too fast with your hands and you’ll [get hurt] more. Go in with your feet, you have a better chance.”

Bourn stayed in the game and doubled in the eighth inning to finish 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. It was just the fourth multi-hit game in his past 30, and he has hits in three consecutive games for only the second time in that period.

After batting .165 (16-for-97) with one extra-base hit and a .293 on-base percentage in 27 games through Tuesday, Bourn was 4-for-11 with two doubles in his past three games.

“That’s what I was thinking in my head” immediately afterward, Bourn said. “Just started to get a little feel back, and what do I do? Slide into the bag head-first. But I’ll be all right.”

On Sunday he said, “It’s swollen a little bit. But we’ll see…. It shouldn’t be severe. The first day is always kind of tough. So tomorrow I’ll see how it feels.”

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northbeach Scott

September 23rd, 2012
2:59 pm

Rest him, let Reed and Constanza play


September 23rd, 2012
3:11 pm

At the rate key players have had season-killing injuries doing head-first slides lately, one would think the Braves would have the wherewithal to institute a fine for doing so. One play in a ballgame typically isn’t worth the risk these guys are taking, and it’s bitten them a lot by now.


September 23rd, 2012
4:11 pm

:00pm/et with the race’s green flag at 2:15pm/et. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and senior motorsports writer Terry Blount will report from Chicagoland.(ESPN)

Three pit crews make it to the track after flight delay: Pit crews for Richard Childress Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing were on a tight schedule for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Blame it on problems with a scheduled flight to bring them to the track. The crew members were scheduled to reach the track about 10:00am/et. However, mechanical issues at their Concord, N.C., departure point forced them to change planes, delaying their arrival for the race. They reached the track about 12:50pm/et with a rush job ahead. Team owner Richard Childress said Miami Air, whom he charters with for the race-day flights, was able to get another plane to carry the crews. The plane landed shortly before 12:00pm/et in Manchester, N.H., about 25 miles from the track. Vehicles carrying the crew members were expected to get a police escort to make it through the traffic. Reaching the track would be no easy assignment. Typically traffic would be heavy with a crowd of about 90,000 people expected at a track with only one main entrance on a road that is converted from two lanes to four lanes using the shoulder for the race.(Sporting News)(9-23-2012)

#55 changes engines: #55 Toyota team of Brian Vickers changed engines Saturday after practice when the team found a bad valve spring, so Vickers will give up his 4th starting position and fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.(ESPN)(9-23-2012)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
#11-Hamlin 132.053
#20-Logano 131.683
#55-Vickers 131.551
#18-Busch 131.207
#56-Truex Jr. 131.157
slowest: #36-Raines 125.699 and #32-Olsen 127.369
See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the New Hampshire Happy Hour practice speeds page (pdf).(9-22-2012)

First Saturday practice for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
#11-Hamlin 131.656
#20-Logano 131.442
#48-Johnson 131.370
#56-Truex Jr. 131.338
#18-Busch 131.266
slowest: #36-Raines 124.292 (2 laps) and #32-Olsen 127.329 (49 laps)
notes: no TV coverage for this practice. Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 11:00 – 11:50am/et on SPEED
See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the New Hampshire practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-22-2012)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 32, the 4th pitstall with an opening in front of it.
#14-Stewart, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, the 4th stall with an opening behind it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #88-Earnhardt Jr., who starts 14th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-22-2012)

Fifth Third returns to #17 to sponsor Stenhouse in 2013 UPDATE: Fifth Third Bank will sponsor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Fifth Third is sponsoring the same car it backed earlier this season, but with a different driver [Matt Kenseth]. Stenhouse will drive the #17 Fifth Third Ford Fusion next season. Fifth Third will be the primary sponsor of Stenhouse at Daytona, Michigan, Kentucky and Martinsville next year and an associate sponsor at all other Sprint Cup races in 2013. It also will be the primary sponsor of Stenhouse’s #6 Ford at this year’s last Sprint Cup race of the season, the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 18. Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, which owns the car, said Fifth Third is one of three main sponsors of Stenhouse and the #17 team. “We have seen Ricky develop into a NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and we’re pleased to provide this opportunity for him to begin his Sprint Cup Series career next season with Fifth Third Bank, Best Buy and Zest on board,” Roush said. The deal follows a Fifth Third sponsorship announced in May of Matt Kenseth driving the same #17 Fifth Third Ford Fusion for four races this summer (Business Courier ), Kenseth will leave the team after 2012 and drive the #20 Job Gibbs Racing Toyota in 2013.(9-21-2012)
UPDATE: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will run at least three Sprint Cup races for Roush Fenway Racing  Dover, Charlotte and Homestead  during the remainder of this season. “Right now, we’re organized for three races with him at Dover, Charlotte and Homestead,” said Jack Roush, “but if we decide his prospects for winning the Nationwide championship are improved by running more Sprint Cup races, we’ll do that, and if we decide there’s a sponsor that expresses interest and wants to take a look at him, or to be on board for an additional venue, we’ll do that as well.”(Gaston Gazette)(9-23-2012)

Ragan unsure of 2013 plans: David Ragan, 26, was once on Roush Fenway Racing’s fast track  until a lack of sponsorship derailed his future with the Ford powerhouse. Although Ragan was considered at candidate for the #22 Penske Racing Dodge, that dream evaporated when AJ Allmendinger was selected for the ride. Ragan landed at Front Row Motorsports in the #34 Ford. But his contract is up at the end of the year. Ragan says he’d like to “be in a more competitive car week in and week out,” and he’s not discounting the ability for FRM to continue the building curve. “Everyone goes into these final 10 races with a few different goals in mind,” Ragan said. “You have some guys trying to win a championship, some guys trying to get into the top 35 and some guys trying to save their rides. I’ve been there and done that. For our Front Row Motorsports team, we’re just trying to get into the top 30 for the first time.”(FoxSports)(9-23-2012)

More on the 2013 roll cage: a look at the NASCAR roll cage for 2013, built to comply with rules changes for next year intended to improve driver safety. Int the photos on the site, the tube around the top of the cage that roughly describes the roof perimeterhas been doubled up with a second tube at the front along the top of the windshield. Now there are two full tubes, generously spaced, across the leading edge of the cage in front of the driver’s forehead. In the most superficial way, the roll cage in a NASCAR race car hasn’t changed in decades. It’s still mild steel seamless DOM tubing, 1.75-inch diameter, .090-in. wall, MIG welded into a very familiar looking assembly. But over the past dozen years, nearly every detail has been agonized, sweated over, and optimized to produce the safest possible structure. See more and some photos at

Statistically, here are four drivers to watch in New Hampshire:
#14-Tony Stewart has the top Driver Rating (112.0) and 14 top fives in 27 starts.
#24-Jeff Gordon leads in top fives (15) and top 10s (20) with a 109.3 Driver Rating.
#48-Jimmie Johnson is third in Driver Rating (105.1) and second in average finish (9.9).
#11-Denny Hamlin ranks fourth in Driver Rating (101.4) and boasts a best average finish of 8.5.

New Hampshire Goodyear Tire Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Sprint Cup teams ran at New Hampshire in July . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at the track on May 8-9 . . . drivers at that test were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Bobby Labonte, Paul Menard and Regan Smith . . . New Hampshire is the only track at which Sprint Cup teams will run either of these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire. See tire codes, pressures, number of sets and more on the New Hampshire Race Info page – Goodyear section.

Olsen to make Sprint Cup debut: #32-Mike Olsen and Frank Stoddard Jr., old buddies from North Haverhill and Woodsville High School, will become the first driver-owner tandem from New Hampshire to race in the Sprint Cup series when Olsen takes the wheel in tomorrow’s Sylvania 300. Olsen, a 44-year-old who won championships in what is now the K&N Pro Series East tour in 2001 and 2006, qualified on Stoddard’s owner points and will start 42nd. Olsen is the grandson of the late driver Stub Fadden, who competed on the East tour from 1987-2003, winning four races. Stoddard is in his second year as a Cup owner after serving as a crew chief for Sprint Cup drivers Jeff Burton, Ward Burton and Boris Said.(Concord Monitor)(9-22-2012)

Smith expects to be out of the #78 UPDATE: . Regan Smith, who piloted Furniture Row Racing to its breakthrough first victory on the Sprint Cup tour last season, has been told he won’t be back in the organization’s #78 car next year. Smith confirmed the news to after qualifying Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I’ve been told it appears I won’t be back here next year,” Smith said. Furniture Row’s general manager, Joe Garone, could not immediately be located for comment. Smith didn’t want to speculate on the reasons behind the impending change and he said he’s unsure if he will finish the season in the #78 Chevy (
AND Regan Smith does not believe he will return to Furniture Row Racing in 2013, possibly opening the door for much-maligned driver Kurt Busch. Furniture Row general manager

northbeach Scott

September 23rd, 2012
4:53 pm

WTF, NASCAR cancer

Don't do it

September 23rd, 2012
5:16 pm

As mentioned above, a fine should be issued to those who slide head first into a base. The foot with spikes attached is much more sturdier than a hand with unprotected fingers. Maybe Ty Cobb had it right as he slid in with his spikes. It seems like players think it’s a sign of hustle to slide head first. I’ve even seen players going in head first at home plate with the catcher wearing the tools of ignorance. Sliding into home head first………..then who is the ignorant one?

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

September 23rd, 2012
8:15 pm

The kangaroo court will deal with this………


September 23rd, 2012
8:40 pm

Question: Fredi why do you continue to pitch Hanson?
Answer from Fredi: Because I can, Mr. Wren lets me, and 44,000 fans are wrong about Hanson.
Question to Wren: Why do you allow Fredi to continue to pitch Hanson?
Answer from Wren: We’re allowing Fredi to cut his own throat.
Response from fan: Thank you Mr. Wren, we look forward to a new manager next year.


September 23rd, 2012
9:07 pm

braveshater, that post is just as stupid on this thread as it is on the other….


September 23rd, 2012
9:13 pm

Update hell that was a world history lesson on Nascar……


September 23rd, 2012
9:15 pm

Oh Hamlin # 11 won!


September 24th, 2012
12:59 am

That NASCAR poster should be banned for that 2-page post

[...] as Bourn told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he feels pretty silly about it: I know, and that’s what I [...]


September 24th, 2012
2:56 pm

@Update — Really? Do you have reading comprehension issues? Try Sylvian Learning Centers. This is about the Braves. It that is not your problem, please take you ADHD meds as prescribed. If that’s not the problem, then this… who cares about NASCAR????

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