Bourgeois plays through leg pain

Bourgeois plays through leg pain

ARLINGTON -- Astros outfielder Jason Bourgeois realizes he needs to make the most of his opportunities.

Bourgeois, who was suffering from leg cramps at the end of Tuesday's game, did some sprints on the outfield grass prior to Wednesday game to make sure he was good to go. Bourgeois wasn't quite 100 percent, but with Carlos Lee in the lineup at designated hitter instead of left field and starting right fielder Hunter Pence missing another game with a sprained elbow, he proclaimed himself ready to play.

"After a while you just have to say forget it and get out there and play," he said. "I can't say that I can go a full 100 percent, but I have no choice."

Bourgeois, who had three hits in Tuesday's game to raise his batting average to .359, has already missed about a month earlier this season with a strained oblique and later was slowed by a sore ankle.