Bourn rests, Tejada plays in opener
Cruz starts in center; Loretta gets expected start at second
SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Bourn was not in the lineup Monday, but that had less to do with his body slam into the wall Sunday and more to do with manager Cecil Cooper's desire to give switch-hitter Jose Cruz Jr. consecutive at-bats from the right side of the plate.Bourn said he had a small cut on his left knee after running full-force into the center-field wall at Dodger Stadium while making a play on Andruw Jones' fly ball during the ninth inning of the Astros' 8-5 win. Other than that, Bourn said he was fine and available to play. Although that wasn't his first run-in with a wall, Bourn said most of his collisions occurred in college, playing for the University of Houston. "No padding," he said, adding his collision Sunday "was my hardest one in pro ball so far." Cooper had also toyed with the idea of giving Miguel Tejada a breather, after the shortstop was hit twice during the Dodgers series -- once on the right wrist Saturday, and once on the left wrist Sunday. Tejada, however, convinced his skipper to put him in the lineup. Tejada jokingly said he feels like he's in "handcuffs" with pain in both wrists. He also said he was more concerned with the ball that hit him Sunday, fearing at the time of the plunking that his wrist might be broken. "That scared me," he said. "As soon as the ball hit me, I felt a different pain than the day before." As promised, Mark Loretta received the starting nod at second base in place of Kazuo Matsui, who was given a choice to be off Sunday or Monday and chose to rest the first game of the Giants series.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.