Recovering Bour expected back for Rox series

Recovering Bour expected back for Rox series

CHICAGO -- The Marlins anticipate adding a power bat for their weekend series against the Rockies on Friday at Coors Field.

First baseman Justin Bour, who has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a right ankle sprain, is hoping to be reinstated before the set. Manager Don Mattingly said the plan is for Bour to play in a rehab assignment game with Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Barring any setbacks, Bour is expected to join the team on Thursday, a scheduled off-day for the Marlins, who are completing a stretch of playing on 20 consecutive days since the All-Star break.

Getting Bour back will add an impact middle-of-the-order left-handed power threat. The 28-year-old first baseman is batting .268 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs this season.

Bour sustained the injury on July 2 at Atlanta. Before rolling his ankle, he had been on a hot stretch. In June, the first baseman posted a .317/.411/.651 line with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

Bour's three-run big fly

With Bour out, the Marlins have mixed and matched at first base. Derek Dietrich has played mostly against right-handed starters and Chris Johnson has gotten the nod against lefties.

Bour went on a rehab assignment at New Orleans on Friday, and he played third base and had three at-bats on Tuesday before being replaced.

Bour is scheduled to play six innings for the Zephyrs on Wednesday, and then he should be ready to rejoin the team in Colorado.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.