DETROIT—The weekend wasn’t a total loss for the Angels. Yes, they were swept in a three-game series by the Pittsburgh Pirates, blowing a three-run, ninth-inning lead in Sunday’s game, but at least they didn’t lose their center fielder and one of their most productive hitters for an extended period of time.
There was a concern Peter Bourjos would have to return to the disabled list after he injured his left thumb sliding into second base in the third inning Sunday and came out of the game.
But X-rays were negative, and after being examined by a hand specialist Monday, Bourjos, who is batting .331 with a .386 on-base percentage, three home runs and 10 runs batted in in 35 games, said he would not have to go on the DL.
“Everything went well today,” Bourjos said in a text message. “Once the swelling goes down, I can play.”
Bourjos, who missed six weeks of May and June because of a left hamstring strain, was scheduled to fly to Detroit on Tuesday morning to join the Angels for a three-game series against the Tigers in Comerica Park.