Michael Bourn missed his fourth game Thursday night since injuring his left thumb sliding head first into second base Saturday in Philadelphia, but the Braves still consider him day-to-day.
The center fielder has been assured by Braves hand specialist Gary Lourie there’s no structural damage, and he had an MRI to confirm it Thursday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. The MRI revealed no ligament tear and Bourn was diagnosed with a slight sprain.
Bourn said he hoped he could return to the Braves lineup in the next couple of days, but he also didn’t rule out a return Friday night against the Mets.
“I wanted to play as soon as I can, but I knew the day after (injuring it), it was too sore,” Bourn said. “It swelled up the day after. But now most of the swelling’s gone. Some of the soreness is gone and it’s starting to feel better, but they just didn’t want me to rush out there and have any setbacks, which I can understand.”
Bourn said Thursday his thumb was still sore but it felt completely different from when he torn the ligament and underwent surgery while he was at the University of Houston.
“It’s a little sore, but I’m all right,” he said.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sat catcher Brian McCann Thursday night against the Marlins to give him a chance to rest his sore knee and sore shoulder. He might also do the same Friday night against Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese.
“You could tell (Wednesday) that knee is bothering him,” Gonzalez said. “And we’re at the time of year maybe a couple of days would be good. We’re just trying to keep him semi-fresh.”
David O’Brien contributed information to this report.