Michael Bourn returned to the Braves lineup Sunday doing what he’s done all season – making an impact.
Win or lose, Bourn’s presence is usually felt, and that was the case again Sunday when he turned after missing six games with a sprained left thumb. Bourn went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base, and the Braves scored six runs for only the second time since he got hurt Sept. 22 in Philadelphia.
“That was big for us, getting Michael back into the swing of things before the posteason gets here,” Chipper Jones said. “We’ve struggled at the top of the lineup for the last week without him. You see what he means to this offense when he gets back in there.”
An MRI revealed no structural damage to his thumb but Bourn had been dealing with soreness all week. But he felt good Sunday morning after taking a few swings in the indoor cages.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is considering giving Chipper Jones a day to rest Monday in Pittsburgh after Jones played a season-high six consecutive days his final homestand to keep his word to the home fans.
“For me you’re borderline putting him in a situation where he could get hurt,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve been known to get talked out of those things as you well know with him. But we’ll see.”
The Braves topped two million in attendance for the 22st consecutive season and finished the home schedule at 2,420,171. The Braves drew more than 150,000 fans for Jones’ final three regular season games at Turner Field to help top last year’s attendance total of 2,372,940.