A preseason favorite of many to build on his breakout 2015 campaign, Justin Bour was headed in that direction before an ankle injury forced him to the disabled list in early July. At the time, he had slugged 15 homers, pacing past the previous season's 23. Bour was activated in early September, appearing in 22 more contests but failed to add onto his homer total. In fact, he swatted only three extra-base hits in the last month. The lefty has slugged all 38 of his home runs off righty throwers the last two seasons, which largely explains why he's strictly a platoon player. Keep in mind that the right field fences in Marlins Park were brought in and lowered prior to the 2016 season. The venue still depresses lefty power but not to the same extent as before. Bour should again be a target for those looking for cheap power at corner or utility without dampening batting average.
Bour may not have a regular platoon partner at first base this season, requiring him to face left-handed pitchers more often. He's a career .223/.273/.291 hitter against lefties with no home runs in 103 at-bats over three seasons, and that performance will have to improve if he's going to take advantage of any additional opportunities against them in 2017. Even so, the Marlins seem inclined to carry an extra arm in their bullpen rather than a bat on their bench, which could leave starting catcher J.T. Realmuto as Bour's primary backup -- and force the 28-year-old slugger to sink or swim against same-side pitching.
Bour went 3-for-3 with a single, a double, and a triple Monday against the Mets, scoring twice and driving in one. Bour entered Monday mired in an 0-for-17 slump, but broke out in a big way against Bartolo Colon and the Mets. The triple was Bour's first of the season, and the double he hit in the second inning was his first extra-base hit since June 30, although he missed roughly two months with an ankle injury. He's now batting .254/.336/.473 on the year.
Bour is not in the lineup for Friday's tilt with the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. Bour was just activated off the disabled list Tuesday after spending roughly two months on the shelf with an ankle injury, and with left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back) taking the hill for Los Angeles, Friday posed a good opportunity to get the slugger a day to rest. Chris Johnson will take over for him at first base for the night.
Bour is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. Bour was able to take a pinch-hit at-bat Tuesday night after being activated from the disabled list, but he will be in the lineup Wednesday for the first time since spraining his ankle July 2. Bour will man first base Wednesday and hit sixth against Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson.
The Marlins activated Bour (ankle) from the disabled list Tuesday. Bour's recovery from the sprained ankle he suffered in early July has been a little rocky, but he is finally ready to get back on the field. While he will be on the roster Tuesday, he will not immediately jump back into the lineup, as Xavier Scruggs will get the start at first base. Bour owns just a .500 OPS against southpaws this season, and Scruggs has played regularly of late, so the Marlins could utilize a first-base platoon the rest of the way.