Bourjos talks hip surgery and holiday tradition

In Q&A with, the Cards center fielder discusses his busy offseason

Bourjos talks hip surgery and holiday tradition

ST. LOUIS -- Last offseason, Peter Bourjos found himself a key piece of a four-player trade that ended his tenure with the Angels. Life has been just as hectic for the center fielder this winter, as he had a November wedding squeezed between October hip surgery and the Cardinals' December commitment to tender him a contract.

Bourjos recently took time out of his rehab work to update on his progress and talk about how he'll be spending the holidays: Can you provide an update on your rehab program following hip surgery?

Bourjos: Every week, I'm getting a new exercise added into the routine. Right now, I'm doing a lot of strengthening exercises and leg presses, trying to get everything strong again. All in all, I feel really good, and I haven't had any setbacks. I will see the doctor again in mid-January, and hopefully that will be the time when I get cleared to start running. By Spring Training, I should be able to do everything. How much did that injury affect you in 2014?

Bourjos: It's something that's been ongoing for four or five years. Every winter I would get an MRI to see where it was, and it would be a case where surgery would be recommended, but I held off because it's a newer surgery, and I could play through it. This year in the second half, it really started bothering me -- to the point that when I'd get out of bed, I could barely walk. I wasn't bouncing back the same way. What can you share about your November wedding?

Bourjos: It was perfect. It was just stressful leading up to it because I didn't know if I would be off the crutches. On the Monday before the wedding, I got off the crutches and was able to move around pretty well for the wedding. The only two dances I did were with my mom and then with [my wife], Ashley. What are your plans for Christmas?

Bourjos: We're going to be hanging around with the family [in Arizona]. Ashley has a big family, and everybody is coming into town. We'll be bouncing between her parents and my parents. Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?

Bourjos: My family celebrates Christmas usually on Christmas Eve. It's a night I've always looked forward to. We always have crab legs and corned beef sandwiches for dinner. Ashley's family has a party on Christmas Eve, too, so we try to go to both. What is on your Christmas wish list this year?

Bourjos: My mom keeps asking me that. Ashley, too. I can't think of anything that I really want or need. My main focus is trying to get healthy and continue with the rehab process and enjoy the winter with my family. What will you remember most about 2014?

Bourjos: I'll remember the playoffs. We really grinded out the season and got to where we wanted to be, even though we fell a little short of finishing off the Giants. I think sticking together as a team made it a special group.

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