Michael Bourn’s return to the lineup was delayed by another day again, as he continued to feel some soreness in his left thumb when he hit some in the indoor cages. But tests have revealed no structural damage and manager Fredi Gonzalez thinks he could be back in on Thursday.
“He tried a thumb guard which made it worse because the thumb guard pressed into there,” Gonzalez said. “So he’s progressing the right way and maybe today gets him over the hump to play (Thursday).”
Bourn injured his thumb sliding head-first into second base on Saturday against the Phillies. The Braves originally thought he might be back in the lineup on Tuesday. But now that they’ve clinched at least a wild card berth, they can afford to give him the rest he needs. Jose Constanza started in his place on Wednesday.