Though it had not been disclosed prior, St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos had been dealing with chronic pain in his hip that caused discomfort to the 27-year-old during the second half of the 2014 season, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
To remedy an impingement and repair cartilage damage to the right side of his hip, Bourjos underwent surgery on October 21. The right-handed hitter has begun his rehab work and is expected to be ready for spring training.
This is the second off-season in a row for Bourjos to be rehabbing following surgery. His 2013 season with the Angels ended prematurely due to an injury that required a screw to be placed in his right wrist that September.
This spring, Bourjos reported to his first Cardinals camp in a competition for the center field job with incumbent Jon Jay but did not capture the job. In an October 20th season review, Cards general manager John Mozeliak stated that Jay will open 2015 as the starter in center and that they will have to find playing time for Bourjos.
In Friday’s Post-Dispatch article, Mozeliak affirmed the club’s intent to keep Bourjos for 2015 and will enter the arbitration process with the four-plus year MLB veteran rather than non-tender him. Bourjos was paid $1.2 million in 2014, his first year of arbitration eligibility.
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