Bourjos seeing results from adjustments

Bourjos seeing results from adjustments

ST. LOUIS -- Though he's only made two starts this month, Peter Bourjos has quietly been piecing together his best stretch of the season.

He drew the start against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw on Sunday and responded with a multi-hit game that included a game-tying home run. That makes him 8-for-16 in July, a month during which Bourjos has seen himself slide into a role of being a routine late-game defensive placement. He also swiped two bases on Sunday and added a sliding defensive play to his strong night of work.

Knowing the backlog of outfielders on the roster, Bourjos is trying to shine whenever he gets the opportunity to play. He made a strong assertion after Sunday's loss, too, saying that he feels like his swing "is the best it's ever been."

"I feel really good," Bourjos added. "I'm going right to the ball and I know where the barrel is at, and I'm making pretty good contact."

The improved feel, Bourjos said, is the result of some mechanical tweaks he made about four weeks ago during the team's three-day stopover in Colorado. He's made only three starts since then, which has afforded Bourjos plenty of time to practice those adjustments in the batting cage.

"It's always a tough situation when you're not in there every day," Bourjos said. "I kind of went through this in 2012 in Anaheim, very similar. I think that's helped me out a little bit going through that already and trying to stay positive and continue to work."

While the current roster composition likely won't allow for Bourjos to push his way into the lineup much more often, he can continue to increase his value off the bench by adding an improved swing to the speed and defensive skills he already touts.

"Bourjos is a weapon when he gets on base," teammate Mark Ellis said. "His speed is dynamic. His play in center field is great. He's one of those guys where you watch him and you just wait for the day where he's going to explode into a monster ballplayer. I think he's inching his way closer to that."

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.