SAN DIEGO -- With his omnipresent smile and a bounce in his step, outfielder Jason Bourgeois joined the Astros on Saturday after spending about a month on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He was hitting .407 with seven RBIs and 12 stolen bases prior to getting injured, and went 5-for-9 in two games in his Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
"I know I can hit up here, and I think I've proven that with the playing time I was getting," he said. "I just want to pick up where I left off. I felt good in the box the last couple of days. My body feels good, my legs feel good. I really couldn't ask for a better situation, physically."
Bourgeois has started four games in center field, five in left field and one at second base this year for the Astros, and manager Brad Mills expects him to continue to be versatile.
"We'll mix him in, and get some at-bats and get him some playing time," Mills said. "He's a big contributor to the ballclub with his ability, and the way he runs and plays the outfield and can hit. We can utilize those tools quite a bit."