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Lewis Brinson’s trying season takes another turn for the worse

Miami Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson (9) reacts to missing with a ground ball to second during the seventh inning of the game against Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park in Miami, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
Miami Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson (9) reacts to missing with a ground ball to second during the seventh inning of the game against Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park in Miami, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. snavarro@miamiherald.com

Lewis Brinson’s trying rookie season with the Marlins has taken another turn for the worse after further testing revealed the injured center fielder has a hip bone bruise.

The new diagnosis means Brinson will be out indefinitely.

“It’s just one of those things that’s going to take a little bit of time and they’ll have to be careful with how they bring him back,” said manager Don Mattingly.

Brinson was initially placed on the 10-day disabled list for right hip inflammation, an injury that was the result of a diving catch he made in Denver in June.

“We know that bone bruises take longer to heal,” Mattingly said. “J.T. (Realmuto) had one in spring training. We thought it was going to be a couple of days and it ended up being (nearly three weeks) into the season. So they definitely take a little bit of time.”

Brinson will now rest and abstain from all baseball activities.

Mattingly said the goal is for Brinson to “finish the season being 100 percent healthy.”

Brinson’s first season with the Marlins hasn’t gone as either he or the organization had hoped after they acquired him from the Brewers in the Christian Yelich trade in January.

Brinson is hitting just .186 with an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .570 that ranks 204th of the 209 players with at least 300 plate appearances.

Mattingly said that with Brinson out of the picture for the foreseeable future, most of the duties in center will be shared by Cameron Maybin and Yadiel Rivera, with Maybin receiving the majority of the playing time.

Rivera, an infielder, has played only three games total in the outfield.

“We’re not going to run Cam into the ground, so we’ll be using Yadi some,” Mattingly said. “We’re really confident that he can be good out there. He has all the attributes of being able to play center. He runs well. He throws well. He’s got good instincts out there. But the one thing he doesn’t have is the games out there, and that always helps.”

The Marlins could always reach down to the minors to promote Magneuris Sierra, who is hitting .262 with 14 stolen bases for Triple A New Orleans.

But Mattingly gave strong indication the Marlins are content with the tandem of Maybin and Rivera, at least for now.

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The Milwaukee Brewers were among the first to congratulate Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto on the birth of his first child. But they added a bit of humor to the greeting card sent to the hospital after the birth Tuesday of Gracie Laine Realmuto.

“The whole Brewers team signed a card that said make sure you take your full three days,” Realmuto said of the period he spent on the paternity list, causing the catcher to miss the entire series. “They underlined ‘three’ like four different times.”

The Marlins did fine without their All-Star catcher by taking two out of three from the first-place Brewers, including a pair of walk-off wins in extra innings.

It’s been an eventful week for Realmuto. He found out he made his first All-Star team on Sunday. On Tuesday, his wife Lexi gave birth to their first child.

The entire family -- newborn baby and all -- is taking the trip to Washington D.C. for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, Realmuto said.

“It’s definitely been an exciting week so far,” Realmuto said. “Having my baby girl was definitely the highlight. And then finding out about making the All-Star team...it’s a pretty special week for me so far.”

Realmuto returned to the Marlins lineup on Friday.

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