The Marlins hadn’t necessarily missed Justin Bour’s bat lately, yet they were still real happy to see their slugging first baseman back in the lineup.
Bour was activated before Friday night’s game against the Braves and hit sixth in the lineup.
Bour had been on the disabled list since sustaining a bone bruise in his left ankle on June 3 against the Diamondbacks.
After a few days in a walking boot, Bour was back working out. He played in a rehab game in Port St. Lucie for the Marlins’ Single A club on Wednesday and met the team in Georgia.
“It’s great to be back,” said Bour, who went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI in his lone game with the Jupiter Hammerheads. “I feel good, was able to get into a rehab game and felt good swinging the bat, on defense, all that good stuff.”
Manager Don Mattingly said there was a little concern when they saw Bour in a walking boot after he missed two months last season with an ankle injury.
“The fear, for him, is how much he missed last season,” Mattingly said. “He got hurt in Atlanta and thought it would be a couple of weeks. We were careful with this, and he’s bounced back nicely.”
The Marlins piled up 73 runs in the 10 games that Bour missed, including 19 in the two-game series against the visiting Athletics earlier this week.
Tyler Moore replaced Bour at first base and hit .361 with four homers and 12 RBI in those 10 games.
“I really thought everyone stepped up when I was out,” said Bour, who was hitting .368 with 13 home runs and 31 RBI since April 30 before going on the DL.
“When I left, we didn’t seem to lose much. The team kept battling, kept hitting.”
To make room for Bour, catcher Tomas Telis was sent back to Triple A New Orleans.
NICE NEW DIGS
Former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got his first look at the completed new ballpark north of Atlanta.
Gonzalez, now the Marlins’ third-base coach, was greeted by fans, Atlanta coaches and players soon after he came up the visiting dugout steps.
The plans for SunTrust Park to open in 2017 and replace Turner Field in suburban Cobb County were announced in 2013 when Gonzalez managed the Braves.
Gonzalez was fired last May during his sixth season with the Braves.
“When I came here in the middle of the offseason, there were still cranes in the infield,” said Gonzalez, who replaced Bobby Cox as Braves manager in 2011 after being fired as manager of the Marlins the previous season.
“This is a nice park; they did a great job. The inside, even for the visitors, is gorgeous. They spent a lot of time and effort to do this and do it right. Building a stadium is quite an endeavor, but they built everything around this at the same time. I don’t think anyone has ever done that.”
▪ Saturday: Marlins LHP Jeff Locke (0-2, 4.02 ERA) at Atlanta Braves LHP Jaime Garcia (2-5, 3.16), 4:10 p.m., SunTrust Park.
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Jose Urena (5-2, 3.70) at Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 4.37), 1:35 p.m., SunTrust Park.