The Miami Marlins have already announced they will be sending reliever David Phelps to the mound on Friday for the series opener against the Colorado Rockies. Could they also have a valuable bat back from the disabled list to use in the thin Rocky Mountain air?
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com is reporting through his Twitter account the first baseman is expected to be back in the lineup after spending time with the New Orleans Zephyrs in a rehab assignment.
According to fishstripes.com, Bour landed on the disabled list after suffering a high ankle sprain on July 2nd against the Atlanta Braves. His power in the middle of the lineup has been greatly missed, as he was slashing .268/.347/.526 with 15 home runs and a .364 wOBA prior to his injury.
Bour began his rehab assignment with the New Orleans Zephyrs last Friday, July 29th. For the Zephyrs, he has batted .100/.182/.100 with a .148 wOBA, but there is no need to worry. The purpose of a rehab assignment is to prepare a player for his return to the active roster, and Bour certainly needs some time to re-acclimate to the game after missing nearly a full month. In all likelihood, Bour’s return to the Marlins’ lineup will provide another power bat for the stretch run.
The Marlins made no attempt to secure a power hitter before the trade deadline and will use its current roster as it challenges for a playoff spot in the National League.
The 28-year-old was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 25th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He was selected by the Miami Marlins in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft in December 2013. Bour was called up to the majors for the first time on June 1, 2014.
The Marlins have been able to withstand the storm of injuries and suspensions to their lineup so far this season. The fact Giancarlo Stanton has been a better hitter the second half of 2015 and the team just reinstated Dee Gordon from the suspended list should give the team and manager Don Mattingly a boost.
The Marlins are 57-51 this season after losing three straight games. They are seven games back of the first place Washington Nationals.