The wait for Justin Bour to return to the Miami Marlins lineup just got a little longer for the major league team.
The Marlins have announced that Bour is still dealing with a high ankle sprain that should keep him off the field until October. Despite the fact Bour had taken both batting and fielding practice with his parent team this week, the injury is still affecting him.
The injury has also raised the question whether Miami might be interested in acquiring Alex Rodriguez to add a bat to the middle of the lineup and to play first base. The fact Rodriguez is from south Florida and 18 home runs away from tying Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list may also be a factor in whether they sign the former Yankees slugger.
Bour suffered the injury July 2 and has been out of the lineup since. He was scheduled to play last week in Colorado, but suffered a setback. He was brought back to Florida for a rehab assignment. Miami has used multiple players including Derek Dietrich, Chris Johnson and Miguel Rojas in his place at first base.
"We just haven't been able to progress," Mattingly said via MLB.com. "I feel like we went backwards in a sense that we don't really have a timetable."
Bour continues to take batting practice and go through light drills, but he notes he is aiming foremost to just get healthy.
"It's quite frustrating," the first baseman said. "Coming into it, I didn't think I was going to be out very long."
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.