Astros utilityman Jason Bourgeois has opened the 2011 season with a stellar .407/.439/.500 batting line through his first 57 plate appearances. He’s also tallied 12 stolen bases in 14 chances.
Unfortunately, the 29-year-old is now going to have to put that early offensive momentum on hold.
Bourgeois suffered an oblique injury during an at-bat Saturday against the Pirates and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday morning, according to the Houston Chronicle‘s Zachary Levine.
The Astros purchased the contract of Joe Inglett from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding roster move and will keep him around as infield depth until Bourgeois recovers. Oblique strains typically require over three weeks of healing. But for Bourgeois, whose game relies on speed and aggressiveness, it might take even longer.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.