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Michael Bourn injury: Braves' CF still out with sore thumb

Michael Bourn continues to miss time after injuring his thumb sliding head first into second base. There is no structural damage to the hand, and Bourn could return on Thursday. Jose Constanza is playing in his place.

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Bourn will miss at least one more game, reports Carroll Rogers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bourn, who injured the thumb sliding head first into second base in Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, has no structural damage and could return on Thursday. Rogers quotes Braves manager Fredi Gonzales:

"He tried a thumb guard which made it worse because the thumb guard pressed into there," Gonzalez said. "So he's progressing the right way and maybe today gets him over the hump to play [Thursday]."

Bourn, a free agent at the end of this year, is hitting .274 with nine home runs and 56 RBI. After hitting over .300 for much of the year, a recent slump has drawn him back down closer to his career 162-game average of .272. Reed Johnson started in his place earlier in the week, but Jose Constanza took his place on Wednesday and did so again in Thursday's game against the Miami Marlins.

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