Yelich 'not far off' from rejoining Marlins

Miami's next series in San Francisco targeted for left fielder's return

Yelich 'not far off' from rejoining Marlins

WASHINGTON -- Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich continues to progress on a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Jupiter and could return to the Majors before the end of the week.

Yelich, who has been out since April 20 with a lower back strain, went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base Monday in his second rehab game with Jupiter.

"He's doing great," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who this week targeted Miami's upcoming four-game series in San Francisco as a potential return for Yelich.

"He's taking today off, but the goal is for him to play nine innings [Wednesday], and then we'll evaluate from there. But he's probably not far off."

Yelich, 23, is batting .200 this season with four RBIs in 11 games.

Ben Raby is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.