Justin Bour, a 26-year-old first baseman who has been crushing it of late at Triple A New Orleans, will be joining the Marlins in St. Petersburg today when they re-engage with the Rays at Tropicana Field. Bour, who gives the Marlins a lefty power option off the bench and could also serve as a designated hitter the coming two games, is tearing it up in the minors, where he is hitting .330 with nine homers and 36 RBI.
Over his previous nine games, he's gone 15 for 38 with three home runs. The Marlins acquired Bour in the Triple A phase of the Rule 5 draft in December. Bour had been with the Cubs organization, which means he could face his original club this coming weekend when the Marlins invade Wrigley Field.
Meanwhile, the Marlins have a couple of veteran infielders warming up in the wings. Rafael Furcal, who has probably set some sort of Marlins record for expending the most newspaper ink without ever playing a single game for them, has gone 6 for 13 over his past four games at Single A Jupiter and is headed up to Double A Jacksonville to continue his rehab assignment.
And Miguel Tejada, whom the Marlins recently signed to provide veteran infield depth in their system, has gone 4 for 12 with a double in his first three games with Jacksonville. Tejada, who is serving a MLB drug suspension, isn't eligible to return to the majors until June 11.
Bour will fill the roster spot vacated by Derek Dietrich, who was demoted to New Orleans on Wednesday. The Marlins will have to find room for Bour on their 40-man roster, which is presently full. One possibility: Carter Capps could be transferred to the 60-day disabled list if the decision is made today for him to have Tommy John surgery. Capps is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews.