BRADENTON, FL – Less than a week after signing a minor league contract to return to the Baltimore Orioles, outfielder Michael Bourn got bit by the injury bug in a very strange way.
During a team workout on Friday, Bourn broke his right ring finger while catching a football.
The 34-year-old is expected to be out 2-4 weeks.
Bourn is probably the fastest outfielder the Orioles have on their roster, and there is a good chance that he could make the opening day roster, despite signing a minor league deal. Bourn could easily be back by the O’s first regular season game on Apr. 3, but he will be missing valuable spring training reps.
The injury was a fluke, but the Orioles should be thankful that nothing serious happened. The team is just beginning to play spring training games, and there are already a handful of players dealing with injuries: Shortstop J.J. Hardy, and pitchers Chris Tillman and Zach Britton.
Injuries have a way of stacking up, so hopefully the bumps in the road get a little smoother for Baltimore as the regular season gets closer.