The Miami Marlins activated Justin Bour from the disabled list and sent catcher Tomas Telis back to Triple-A New Orleans. In his first game back on Friday night, the first baseman didn’t disappoint, belting his 17th home run of the season.
Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Bour belted a home run off left-hander Sean Newcomb in the fourth inning of a 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.
"Obviously, the team has been playing well," Bour said. "I was just happy to come in and make an impact right away, and just help the team win."
The return of Bour, who had been out since June 5 with a left ankle contusion, gives the Marlins another long ball threat. In hitting yet another long ball, he is tied with Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna for the team lead.
Bour’s return to the lineup, coupled with the news that both Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado are progressing in the rehab assignments in Jacksonville, means the Marlins could have a complete lineup in play before the All-Star break in less than a month. And should Bour continue on his home run pace, he could help solidify a spot in the All-Star game to be played in Miami this year.
Miami is the only club in the Majors with three players with 17 or more homers.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Bour come back without a loss of timing or any sign of time off, which should help the middle of the order and help Miami continue to claw back into wild card contention.
"I didn't think he would," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He had enough at-bats where 10 days wasn't going to be too much."
Bour bruised his left ankle while awkwardly touching first base on a double he hit on June 3 in Edinson Volquez's no-hitter against the D-backs. The next day, Bour made a pinch-hit appearance and was placed on the DL on June 6, retroactive to June 5.