Bourjos was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a sore wrist. He's played through discomfort since a pitch hit him in the wrist back in March.
"It's been going on all year," Bourjos said Thursday. "I got hit by a pitch in Spring Training and it just hasn't really gotten better. It's actually gotten worse."
Bourjos had a cortisone shot on Sunday. He hadn't started since Aug. 5 and was a defensive replacement in seven games leading up to the injection.
"The medical staff said they're just trying to let it calm down, let the medicine get in there and hopefully that takes care of it," said Bourjos, who will not participate in baseball activities for a few days. "I think towards the end of the week I might try to pick things up again."
Bourjos was hitting .227 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 88 games (47 starts) before the Angels decided to shut him down for a few weeks.
"Some days were better than others," Bourjos said. "I think this is just an opportunity to knock it out and hopefully clean it up to where the inflammation gets out of there and it doesn't bother me any more."