The Marlins had some encouraging news on the injury front to start Monday.
Manager Don Mattingly said Justin Bour will probably be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, ending a two-month absence because of a high-ankle sprain.
But following during their 6-2 defeat against the Phillies, they lost another player to injury for an uncertain amount of time.
Miguel Rojas sustained what was described as a left groin strain while tagging out Phillies infielder Jimmy Paredes on an attempted steal in the seventh inning.
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Rojas remained in the game initially but was replaced in the bottom of the seventh by Adeiny Hechavarria after he continued to feel discomfort in his groin area.
The Marlins listed Rojas as day-to-day.
“It’s a tough situation right now,” Rojas said. “I came out of the game because I felt something in my groin. The doctors checked it out, but for now I’m going to see how I feel [Tuesday].”
Rojas, the Marlins’ most versatile infielder, said his foot got caught on the bag during the play leading to the injury.
Rojas started his second game in a row at shortstop Monday and had gone 3 for 7 with a pair of doubles.
“I couldn’t just take the hit [from Paredes] and get out of the way,” Rojas said. “I felt it mostly on my groin and on my back, too. I was about to hit, but [Mattingly] talked to me and said he didn’t like the way my leg twisted on the play.”
▪ Bour was listed initially as a reserve on Monday’s lineup card but was not activated from the disabled list.
Mattingly said it was a matter of making room on the active roster for his return.
“He’s looked really good out there taking ground balls and batting practice,” Mattingly said. “It’s getting to the point where we feel like we want to activate him, and just have him available.”
Mattingly said Bour, who hasn’t played since July 2 with a high-ankle sprain, would be used initially as a pinch-hitter or as a late-inning defensive replacement as he works his way back.
Bour has hit .268 with 15 home runs and 46 RBI in 68 games.
▪ Mattingly also said Giancarlo Stanton is making progress, and the team still hopes to reactivate him later this month. Stanton sustained a Grade 3 groin strain on Aug. 13 and was expected to miss a minimum of six weeks.
“Giancarlo is doing a lot of stuff, too,” Mattingly said. “It’s just a matter of what he can do and how safely he can do it.”
▪ Adam Conley pitched a bullpen session Monday and said he continues to progress toward a potential return by mid-September. Conley has been throwing for a week and would have to build back up after being on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with left middle finger tendinitis.
▪ Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow strain) and Bryan Morris (back) are scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday.
▪ David Phelps (oblique strain) has not begun throwing yet, according to Mattingly.
▪ Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jose Urena (3-5, 5.40) vs. Philadelphia Phillies LHP Adam Morgan (1-9, 6.21), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Andrew Cashner (4-11, 5.00) vs. Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 3.88), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.