Think Peter Bourjos flashed speed last season? Just imagine what he can do without that pesky hip injury.
After offseason hip surgery to address persistent pain — pain that Bourjos said made it difficult to get out of bed and stand up without falling down — the speedy centerfielder is ready to get back to work.
“I just want to be healthy,” he said when asked of his goals for 2015. That’s quite change from a year ago when he was the new guy in town.
“Last year, I had to win playing time and prove I belonged on this team. That’s the same this year, but I’m comfortable here now. I know everybody. I know how things work.”
The way it works in 2015 is already becoming clear. Jay has the backing of the front office — this time from the outset — and that leaves Bourjos wondering where he may fit in a crowded outfield.
“I’ve never played a corner outfield spot in the big leagues before,” Bourjos said. “But anytime you can run down a ball — whether in left or right field – it’s fun taking away hits.”
And hey, what’s one more change for a guy quickly becoming all too familiar with the concept over his last two seasons of professional baseball?
“It was a new team last year,” he said. “I didn’t know anybody, and I didn’t know how they did certain things. I was in Anaheim for 8 or 9 years. That was kind of my home. Getting traded to a new place, it was tough learning how the Cardinals do things.
“So, I think in that sense, it’s going to be an easier adjustment.”
Being able to stand up without falling down should make it a bit easier too. Of course, the Cardinals don’t want Bourjos to stand.
They want him to run.
— GO CARD!!!