Bourjos remains idle despite Cards' injuries

Bourjos remains idle despite Cards' injuries

ST. LOUIS -- Even with three outfielders on the disabled list and Jason Heyward out with a hamstring cramp, Peter Bourjos remains on the Cardinals' bench, unable to draw a start.

The Cardinals' first move upon moving Randal Grichuk to the DL on Monday was to try Heyward in center field. When Heyward exited two innings in, Tommy Pham, called up from Triple-A on Monday, replaced him. Pham has drawn the two starts in center since.

In the meantime, Bourjos, who has been on the Major League roster all season, continues to wait for an opportunity. Manager Mike Matheny has said performance will largely dictate playing time for a club that needs an offensive spark. But that creates a conundrum for Bourjos, as there is no way to see if he can get rolling if he never gets sustained playing time.

Matheny said he also is hoping to capitalize on the way Pham was hitting in Memphis. In 23 games before receiving his summons to St. Louis, Pham hit .354 with 11 walks and 17 RBIs and posted 10 multi-hit games.

"[We are] seeing if we can catch a little lightning from what he was doing in Memphis, and that does create a tough situation for Bourjos to get going," Matheny said. "But I have all the confidence in the world that if things aren't looking right, we throw [Bourjos] in there and he can be a game-changer for us. Just trying to feel it out right now and fill a few holes."

Bourjos has remained on the sidelines as one Cardinals outfielder after another has gone down. Since getting one hit in a start against the Mets on July 19, Bourjos is 0-for-17. He has, however, started just three times during that stretch. For now, he continues to fill the role of a late-inning defensive substitute, pinch-hitter or pinch-runner.

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