Justin Bour got the news he wanted to hear and the news he did not want to hear on Tuesday. First, the Miami Marlins learned there is no damage to his Achilles tendon, which was feared as a result of the injury that occurred on July 2 which has put him on the shelf since then. The bad news is he has once again been shut down to allow the high ankle sprain to heal so he can return to action.
One the one hand, it allows Bour and Marlin’s team physicians to concentrate on one specific need. From a team standpoint, it is yet another blow to the roster of a player not able to help down the stretch toward the playoffs.
Manager Don Mattingly said on Tuesday that Bour is being shut down a few days from any baseball activities, which makes a return date closer to mid-September, as MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro wrote.
"I guess the good news was, the Achilles is not really going to be an issue," Mattingly said. "There is no damage in the Achilles. It's more that the high ankle sprain has not completely healed yet. That's causing inflammation."
Bour last played on July 2, and the Marlins are missing his power, especially with Giancarlo Stanton also possibly done for the rest of the season. Bour has 15 homers and 46 RBIs, while Stanton paces the team with 25 homers and 70 RBIs.
Whether it is the Marlins or any other MLB team, those numbers are hard to recover from. Miami will likely continue to fill the spot in the lineup with a platoon system. Derek Dietrich and Chris Johnson have gotten the majority of the starts in Bour’s place. Miami has used Miguel Rojas periodically, but he is more of a defensive player than a hitting threat.