Miami Marlins' first baseman will return to Florida for rehab before returning to major league roster

The Miami Marlins had hoped Justin Bour would return this weekend. The team announced the first baseman isn't ready just yet

According to Owen Perkins, who wrote a piece on, Justin Bour won’t be making his return to the Miami Marlins lineup this weekend in Colorado.

The Marlins first baseman’s return from the disabled list was pushed back after a rehab appearance with Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday. Bour has been on the DL since July 6 with a right ankle sprain. He will be sent to Jupiter to undergo physical therapy at the team’s Spring Training Complex. The plan now is for him to rejoin the club on Monday in Miami when the team begins a series with the San Francisco Giants.

The move to add Bour to the lineup will bring yet another powerful bat to a team starting to find its groove again.

The Marlins beat Colorado 5-3 in the first game of the series from Coors Field.

"Not great," manager Don Mattingly said about Bour's current state of health. "We've kind of pushed him to San Francisco, going back home. It seems like every time we play him, something else is sore, something else is tight, so obviously we're not physically ready to go. He actually was swinging the bat better his last game. But we sent him back to Jupiter, back to our physical trainer there to take some days to get him healthy, and then we'll talk about San Francisco."

It would appear the team, namely Mattingly, is concerned with Bour’s return, more importantly, if he can play on a daily basis. Miami has had a first baseman by committee since the injury.

Bour 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.

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