Bourn weighs risk of playing

Bourn weighs risk of playing

CINCINNATI -- Michael Bourn's strained oblique is feeling well enough to allow him to run and throw a baseball from 60 feet without much pain, but it's probably not going to be healed enough to allow him to get into a game in time for Sunday's season finale.

"I'm taking it day-by-day," said Bourn, who suffered the injury Sept. 19 while swinging a bat. "It feels much better and they told me when it feels good, to take an extra week. I don't know. I still haven't done swinging. I did throw [Wednesday] and it felt pretty good. It's still sore, but not as bad."

The reality for Bourn is there's no reason to allow him to play this weekend against the Cubs, other than his desire to get into a game. Jason Bourgeois started all 10 games at center field in Bourn's absence.

"Do I want to go into the offseason starting back at square one or do I want to keep progressing where I'm at now and I'm almost through it?" Bourn said. "We're out of playoff contention, so the risk factor might not be worth it. If we were in the race, I'd try it. I might be able to pinch-run, but I might not. I'm trying to get them to let me swing but they don't know if I'm ready to do that because I haven't done any rotational stuff."