Bourn to replace Desmond on NL roster

Bourn to replace Desmond on NL roster

PHILADELPHIA -- Braves outfielder Michael Bourn rode a roller coaster of emotions before learning that he finally gained the All-Star selection he had hoped to gain at the start of the week.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez proudly called Bourn into his office late Saturday afternoon to inform him that he had been added to the National League roster to replace injured Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle. The All-Star Game takes place at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

"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 was disappointed when he did not earn a selection when the NL and American League All-Star rosters were announced on Selection Sunday. Then, after finishing second in the NL Final Vote on Thursday, he was prepared to spend this upcoming week at his home near Houston.

But it's safe to say that he was happy to learn he will need to change his plans. Instead of going to visit his family, he will be taking his girlfriend and 3-year-old son Bryson to Kansas City for this week's All-Star activities.

"God works in mysterious ways, and I mean that," Bourn said. "You've got to take it how it comes. You always want to make it the first time, but it didn't happen that way. You've got to stay positive about it. The thing about it is, when you're going through all of that, you've still got to play baseball."

Bourn entered Saturday hitting .305 with a career-high seven home runs, 23 stolen bases and an .809 OPS. The speedy outfielder has led the NL in stolen bases each of the past three seasons.

When Bourn earned his only previous All-Star selection in 2010, he remembers being in awe of his surroundings. This year he will focus on taking time to enjoy the experience and the opportunity to see the excitement it creates for his young son.

"It's an honor to be named with the players that we have," Bourn said. "I remember when I first got named I was kind of shocked, because I was walking around with these kinds of players and watching what they were doing. They were coming up and introducing themselves to me and I didn't even know they knew who I was."

The Braves now have four All-Star selections. Joining Bourn at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City will be Chipper Jones, Craig Kimbrel and Dan Uggla, who be serving as the NL's starting second baseman.

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.