Bourjos talks hip surgery and holiday tradition

In Q&A with MLB.com, 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 MLB.com on his progress and talk about how he'll be spending the holidays:

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.