OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
22 hours ago

Bourn was granted his release from the Orioles on Monday after he opted out of his minor league contract, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

This isn't too much of a surprise, as Bourn broke his finger early in spring training and hasn't seen any game action since. The 34-year-old's timetable was recently pushed back to late-April, so he decided to utilize his opt-out close as the Orioles were unlikely to carry him on its 40-man roster. There was a chance he would stay in the organization while rehabbing to see if there was an opportunity for him when he was healthy, but he ultimately decided to look elsewhere while he continues to recover.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
3 days ago

Bourn's timetable to return from a broken finger has been pushed back to late April "at the earliest," Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran outfielder broke his right index finger earlier in the spring but was initially targeting a return within the first couple weeks of the season. However, after visiting a hand specialist Friday, Bourn's timetable has since been pushed back. With Bourn on the shelf for most of the first month of the season, the Orioles will be short on depth in center field options behind Adam Jones.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
4 weeks ago

Bourn (broken finger) won't be ready for MLB action until mid-April, the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran outfielder will likely begin the 2017 campaign on the DL. A key caveat to his recovery is the fact that Bourn has a clause in his minor-league contract that allows him to opt out if the team doesn't place him on the major league roster by March 27. However, the Orioles could circumvent that by adding Bourn to the 40-man roster and placing him on the new 10-day disabled list to open the season. That move could be backdated to March 30, so Bourn would be eligible to return on April 9. He's not expected to get the splint off his finger for another three weeks, and even then he must get his range of motion back before he's able to begin baseball activities.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
4 weeks ago

Bourn (finger) isn't expected to receive at-bats in spring training games because of his recently broken finger, according to manager Buck Showalter, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a tough break for the veteran outfielder, who fractured the digit playing football last week. The 34-year-old still may earn a chance with the big club sometime in 2017, though other dominoes will have to fall in a crowded outfield for him to earn significant playing time. AL-only fantasy competitors could consider stashing him on a DL roster spot, though at the moment, there's not much immediate reward for that decision.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
1 month ago

Bourn broke his right ring finger playing football on Friday and will be out four weeks, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's devastating news for Bourn, who signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this offseason and was competing for a reserve outfield role on the roster. The 34-year-old was traded to Baltimore by Arizona last August and ended the year hitting .264 with 38 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 113 games. Bourn's injury opens the door for Craig Gentry or Joey Rickard to earn more outfield playing time as spring camp continues.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
1 month ago

Bourn has signed a minor league contract with Baltimore, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal is a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training and a $2 million dollar salary in the likely event that Bourn makes the club, Eduardo A. Encina reports. Bourn hit a cool .283/.358/.435 in 24 games with the Orioles down the stretch in 2016. With Baltimore currently planning on starting Hyun-Soo Kim and Seth Smith in the corner outfield spots in 2017, they will be able to use Bourn well as a defensive replacement and fourth outfielder off the bench.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
6 months ago

Bourn went 0-for-4 while hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time in a Baltimore uniform in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Bourn had reached base in his last six plate appearances heading into Sunday's game. He started the last four games of the season and the Orioles figure to play the matchups as postseason play begins. Bourn slashed a solid .283/.358/.435 after being acquired by Baltimore on September 1.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
6 months ago

Bourn went 2-for-2 with a two-RBI single and two walks in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran outfielder opened the scoring with a timely two-run single in the second that plated Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo and got on base three more times in the loss as well. Bourn has back-to-back two-hit outings and has slashed .310/.388/.476 in 23 games since joining the Orioles.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
7 months ago

Bourn started Wednesday for the first time for the Orioles and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

EDGE Analysis

It is a bit of a surprise it took a week for Bourn to get into the lineup. The presence of Steve Pearce, Hyun Soo Kim and Drew Stubbs on the roster could mean that Bourn falls into the situational role in which he has served so far. The injury to Chris Davis put Pearce at first base and may have opened the door for Bourn to play in left field, though Davis is expected to return Friday.

OUTMichael Bourn
OF BAL
7 months ago

Bourn was traded to the Orioles for a minor league prospect on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

With Adam Jones dealing with hamstring issues, the Orioles were looking to acquire depth in center field. Bourn slashed .261/.307/362, and posted 13 stolen bases in 89 games with the Diamondbacks this season.