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8 Peter Bourjos CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/185 | Birthdate: 3/31/1987 | Birthplace: Park Ridge, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $512,500 | Owned/Started%: 3/2
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Cardinals CF Peter Bourjos gets a breather on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) After starting four straight games, Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos is being held out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Bourjos has seen the majority of the playing time in center field ever since Jon Jay went on the disabled list in the middle of May.

But Bourjos has struggled at the plate, hitting an even .200 (7 for 35) in the 12 games since Jay went down. So, Randal Grichuk will get the start in center and bat eighth on Tuesday. 


Kolten Wong back in leadoff spot, Matt Adams at cleanup for Cards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) With Peter Bourjos resting after facing left-hander Jonathon Niese, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny inserted second baseman Kolten Wong back in the leadoff spot Wednesday night against the Mets.

With Wong back in the leadoff spot, Matheny moved Randal Grichuk to the eighth spot. Matt Adams also returned to the lineup and is batting cleanup against Bartolo Colon and the Mets.

Wong is hitting .339 (21 for 62) with four homers and 13 RBI over his last 16 games. Adams is hitting .105 (4 for 38) with nine strikeouts over his last 13 games played.


Jhonny Peralta, Peter Bourjos get two hits for Cardinals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta and center fielder Peter Bourjos each had two hits in Tuesday's win over the Mets. 

Peralta went 2 for 4, scored once and drove in his 20th run of the year.

Bourjos went 2 for 5, scored twice and drove in his sixth run. 


Peter Bourjos out of Cards' lineup Monday, Randal Grichuk gets CF nod


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/18/2015) Center fielder Peter Bourjos is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday in New York against the Mets, as the recently activated (back) Randal Grichuk will get the start in center, batting eighth. 

Grichuk began the season on the Cards' Opening Day roster but was shelved April 24 with a lower back strain. He was activated May 16 and is 2 for 5 since his return. 

Bourjos is hitting .160 (4 for 25) over his last eight games.

With Bourjos out of the lineup, second baseman Kolten Wong moves up to hit leadoff for just the third time this season.

"We'll keep feeling our way through it and hopefully somebody will take advantage of it, or nightly, somebody will take advantage of it," manager Mike Matheny said to MLB.com. "We have to find that good mix."


Cardinals CF Peter Bourjos goes yard for first time in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Center fielder Peter Bourjos hit his first home run since last August, as the Cardinals loss to the Tigers in 10 innings on Saturday. Bourjos has been getting plenty of playing time in center field for the Cardinals with Jon Jay on the disabled list, and his second-inning solo shot gave the Cardinals a brief 2-1 lead.

The home run was his only hit on the afternoon, as he also struck out twice. He now has just three hits over his last six games.


Cards move Grichuk to top of order, Bourjos eighth with Heyward off


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward was given the day off Saturday against left-hander David Price and the Tigers, per MLB.com. Heyward is hitting .143 (2 for 14) over his last four games, and .361 against left-handers this season.

With Heyward on the bench, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny inserted Randal Grichuk in right field at the leadoff spot, bumping center fielder Peter Bourjos from the top of the order to the No. 8 hole.

St. Louis is an underdog (+105) at home against Detroit, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals' Jon Jay on the bench Friday against Liriano, Pirates


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is being held out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Pirates. Pittsburgh has left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound, so manager Mike Matheny opted to keep Jay, who is 2 for 9 lifetime against Liriano, on the bench. 

Peter Bourjos is starting in center field and leading off on Friday. 


Hot-hitting Cardinals LF Matt Holliday gets breather on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was given the day off and held out of Thursday's starting lineup against the Cubs. Holliday had started all but one of the team's game so far in 2015. While he has only hit one home run this year, he has reached base safely via a hit or a walk in every game he's played in. He's also sporting a very impressive .344 batting average on the season, which leads the team and is fourth in the National League.

Jon Jay moved over to left field on Thursday, while Peter Bourjos was in center field, batting eighth for manager Mike Matheny.

The team is playing their 17th straight game without a break on Thursday, and their next schedule off-day isn't until May 11. So Matheny thought it best to give his starting left fielder a breather. 

"That's emotionally draining, physically draining," Matheny said, per FoxSports.com. "Some of these other guys have been stepping up big and got to keep them sharp."


Cardinals sit Jon Jay, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong vs. lefty


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay, first baseman Matt Adams and second baseman Kolten Wong are out of the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Cubs and lefty Jon Lester.

Jay has made six straight starts in the leadoff spot but will cede the top of the order to Peter Bourjos Wednesday. Adams was also on the bench in the team's recent two games against lefty starters Saturday and Monday, and he'll sit for a third time in the last five games in favor of Mark Reynolds. Wong has started 24 of the team's 26 games at second base but will sit for the second time in a four-game span.

The Cardinals are favorites (-119) at home against the Cubs Wednesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Peter Bourjos has two hits in Cardinals' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos went 2 for 4 with a run scored in Saturday's 11-inning win over Pittsburgh. 

Bourjos hit his first double of the year and stole his second base, while lifting his average to .300. 


Cardinals' Peter Bourjos collects two hits vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos found himself leading off Wednesday against Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang, against whom he was 7 for 15 with one homer in his career entering the game. He proceded to go 2 for 4 with a triple (off Harang), one RBI and one run in his team's 5-2 win over the Phillies.

"He's got pretty good stuff, but for some reason I have pretty good at-bats against him," Bourjos said about Harang after the game, per FOX Sports Midwest. "It's just something I can't explain."

Bourjos was able to tie the game in the fifth inning with an RBI triple, and the Cardinals went on to score three more runs in the inning and give starter Carlos Martinez all the support he would need. He has hit .214/.313/.357 with four stolen bases in 14 at-bats.


Cardinals' Peter Bourjos draws the start in center field Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos will start in center field Wednesday against the Phillies, with Jon Jay getting the day off, the team announced. 

It will be Bourjos' second start of the year and he is hitting .100 in 10 at-bats this season. Bourjos will bat leadoff, where he is hitting .270 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 48 starts batting leadoff.

The Cardinals are currently the favorites (-180) against Philadelphia.


Bourjos taken off Cardinals paternity list; Anna optioned to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Cardinals activated outfielder Peter Bourjos off the paternity list, and optioned infielder Dean Anna down to Triple-A Memphis on Friday, per the team's official website.  Bourjos has been held without a hit in his first four at-bats of the season.

Cardinals promote Harris as Bourjos placed on paternity list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) The Cardinals purchased the contract of reliever Mitch Harris from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. To clear a roster spot, outfielder Peter Bourjos was placed on the paternity list.

The right-hander Harris had a 2.45 ERA in four relief appearances for Memphis before his promotion Tuesday.


Report: Cardinals to place Bourjos on paternity list, call up Harris


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) The Cardinals will reportedly place outfielder Peter Bourjos on the paternity list and call up pitcher Mitch Harris from Triple-A, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bourjos has appeared in just five games this season and is 0 for 4 at the plate with three stolen bases. Harris has appeared in four games for Triple-A Memphis, posting a 2.45 ERA with two saves in 3 2/3 innings.


Cardinals' Peter Bourjos earns second hit of spring Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos picked up just his second hit of the spring Thursday, going 1 for 2 with a solo home run in his team's 7-2 loss to the Mets.

"I think any result right now [is positive]," Bourjos said after the game, per MLB.com. "My swing feels good in the cage. It feels good in batting practice. It feels good in the game. A lot of it has been timing and trusting it. Coming into today I felt like I was in between my old swing and where I'm trying to go. And I really want to make an effort of sticking with where I want to go even though the results haven't been there. Because at the end of the day, I'm going to be a much better player, a much better hitter and have much more success if I continue to work in that progression instead of going back to what I feel comfortable with."

Bourjos also executed a sacrifice bunt and flied out to the warning track Thursday. He's 2 for 25 with one home run and one stolen base this spring.


Cardinals' Peter Bourjos still working out the kinks of new swing


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos came into spring training working on a new swing. So far, it hasn't worked out as planned and manager Mike Matheny is starting to see the frustration build from Bourjos, reports MLB.com.

"There are some things he was doing well, and now I'm starting to see him tense up, trying to make things happen instead of trusting what he's doing," Matheny said afterward. "That's what is frustrating -- when you see a kid who made the right changes that he needed to. This game is hard, and there are going to be times when you're doing the right thing mechanically and the hits don't come. But you want to see some positive reinforcement when you're doing something you think is right. He's just frustrated now. He wants to see results."

Matheny thinks it's just one of those things Bourjos will figure out with time.

"I still know that what we're watching now is better than what we were watching a year ago mechanically, with how he's able to get through the ball," Matheny said. "Even things just as simple as BP are very good indicators of what he physically can and cannot do. He can get through the ball now. That is so big to be able to fight one of the things that he struggled the most with, which is getting on that ball that is breaking away from him so much. I still feel that he's going to be fine."


Cardinals' Jon Jay 'not far behind,' Bourjos has 'a different swing'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that outfielder Peter Bourjos (hip) should be ready for the start of the exhibition season and has shown a noticeable difference in his swing, while outfielder Jon Jay (wrist) is "not far behind," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"It’s looking like Peter is moving that direction (of being ready)," Matheny said. "Jon is going to be close. He’s getting stronger and everything is measuring out pretty well. Not far behind. He pushed it a little further."

Bourjos has had trouble keeping his hip flexible the last few seasons after having surgery to remove an impingement in the hip.

“I think right now I feel like I’m in a better position to hit more pitches," Bourjos said. "In the fast few years, I’ve been trying to work around my hip. I didn’t really know it, but I didn’t have that same range of motion."

"It’s very noticeable what he’s worked on," Matheny said of Bourjos. "We can’t get inside his body to know what it feels like, but it’s a different swing for sure. He always has moved well. He moved well last year. He’s driving balls that he couldn’t necessarily drive before."

Jay, who is working his way back from wrist surgery, is continuing to target being ready for opening night April 5. He noted that he'll be able to receive his full complement of spring-training at-bats in the last two weeks of the preseason, if necessary.

"We’re working to where I get 100 percent comfortable and then go from there," Jay said.. "I’m a cage guy. Once I feel good about my swing in the cage, I can take it anywhere. I want to get right inside."


Cardinals' Peter Bourjos not reporting any problems with hip


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos (hip) has been able to participate in all of camp without any limitations during the first week of spring training, reports St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bourjos had hip surgery in the offseason, but he hasn't reported any setbacks so far in camp.


Cardinals' Peter Bourjos feeling great after hip surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos is feeling great after hip surgery, according to MLB.com.

Bourjos had surgery in October, but said he feels good heading into camp. Bourjos, who has been cleared to run since January, said things felt weird initially. "The first day I ran, it was weird. My hip felt loose," Bourjos said. Things have improved since then. "Now that I have range of motion, I realize how restricted I was," he explained. "I didn't know any better, because I had never had it."

Bourjos explained that he's had the pain for some time now, but waited on the surgery because he didn't know how it would impact his career. Things got so bad last season, though, that he felt he had no choice. Bourjos said he would wake up in the middle of the night "feeling like somebody was stabbing me right in the joint." Though Bourjos feels healthy, the club may opt to limit him initially during camp.

Bourjos, 27, hit .231/.294/.348 over 264 at-bats last year. 


Cardinals OF Peter Bourjos (hip) cleared to start swinging


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos has been cleared to start swinging a bat, reports MLB.com. Bourjos underwent hip surgery to repair an impingement in November.

The 27-year-old hit .231/.294/.348 over 264 at-bats last season, and avoided arbitration with a $1.65 million contract for next season. He is expected to be "full go" come spring training.  


Cardinals, Peter Bourjos avoid arbitration on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Cardinals have avoided arbitration with outfielder Peter Bourjos on Thursday, the team announced. 

Bourjos is set to receive $1.65 million next season, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The 27-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .231/.294/.348 over 264 at-bats. 


Report: Cardinals OF Peter Bourjos has hip surgery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos has undergone hip surgery to repair an impingement, per MLB.com. He is expected to be fully recovered by spring training.

Bourjos has struggled since earning 502 at-bats with the Angels in 2011. He has not had more than 264 since and is coming off a season in which he managed a stat line of .231/.294/.338.


Jon Jay expected to be Cardinals' starting CF in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was bumped from the starting job in center field last spring when the team acquired Peter Bourjos in a trade from the Angels. However, as the season progressed, Jay worked his way back into being the regular center fielder and is on track to keep the job heading into 2015.

"Center field (for 2015) right now is Jon Jay’s, based on how he played," general manager John Mozeliak said at a news conference Monday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think he played a much better center field than he did a year ago.

“Peter Bourjos is someone we have under control and certainly envision him being a part of this club. How we create more playing time for him is something we strategize over this offseason. But, clearly, Jay’s performance and how he played the second half frankly is altering how we look at him moving forward."

Mozeliak added Jay will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist Wednesday. He is expected to need 6-8 weeks of recovery, but he will be ready for spring training.


Peter Bourjos manages first three-RBI in more than a year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos certainly made the most of his one plate appearance Sunday against Baltimore.

Bourjos took over as a defensive replacement but made his mark with the bat, slugging a three-run homer in the ninth inning to remove all doubt in an 8-3 victory. It marked his first three-RBI game since April 19, 2013.