Miami first baseman took fielding, batting practice but no date yet for his return

The Miami Marlins aren't sure when they will have Justin Bour back in the lineup

The wait for Justin Bour’s return to Miami continues.

Bour, who has been out since July 2, took infield and batting practice on Monday, but is still not ready to resume playing first base for the Marlins.

Bour suffered a high ankle sprain that seems to be dogging his return. An injury of this kind usually takes 6-8 weeks for recovery (I have had the same injury, so I know how painful it can be). The Marlins have platooned players at the position in his absence.

"There are certain progressions you have to go through; certain things that you have to check off," Bour said, via, of the process for making a return to the lineup. "I don't want to come back one day and be hurt the next. So we want to make sure I'm at a point where I can go out there and play nine [innings] throughout the rest of this playoff stretch."

Manager Don Mattingly did not entirely rule out a return at some point in the current six-game homestand.

The Marlins are currently hosting the San Francisco Giants.

Bour was expected to rejoin the team when they traveled to Colorado over the weekend, but that was delayed. He was sent back to Jupiter to receive rehab for the injury with an eye on returning for the Giants series. The wait has been frustrating for him and he hopes to be back on the field soon.

The rehab stint in New Orleans prior to the team moving him to Florida did not go well, as Mattingly explained.

"Once he played a few innings, he got tight in the hip flexor, and his quad got tight; his Achilles is hurting," Mattingly said. "So we kind of restarted him. Hopefully he's going to be able to run, do some agility stuff.

The team hopes to reassess Bour’s progress at some point during the homestand.


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