Bourn replaces Desmond on the NL roster
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez called Michael Bourn into his office at Citizens Bank Park late Saturday afternoon to inform him that he has been added to the National League roster to replace injured Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle.
Bourn was disappointed when he did not earn a selection when the National League and American League teams were announced on Sunday. Then after finishing second in the Final Vote balloting process, he was prepared to spend this upcoming week in Houston. But it’s safe to say he was thrilled when Gonzalez informed him that he had gained his second All-Star selection.
“It feels good, it’s just a different scenario for me,” Bourn said. “Things happen in different ways some times. I thank God for it. It’s always an honor to be an All-Star and a blessing to be around the kind of caliber of players you get to be around.”
Bourn has batted .305 with 23 stolen bases and a .809 OPS in 83 games for the Braves this year. His only previous All-Star selection came in 2010.
Bourn will join Braves teammates Chipper Jones, Dan Uggla and Craig Kimbrel in Kansas City for this week’s All-Star activities.