Second Condition: Bour’s As Hurt As I Think He Is
The second condition also happens to be the first of those two big problems I mentioned. This was even written about last weekend on the site. Justin Bour‘s health is a question that has lingered precisely as long as the injury has, and that’s just not acceptable for a team with playoff aspirations. The Marlins have treaded water/pretended Chris Johnson can intimidate righty pitchers for far too long.
If Bour is still weeks away from being able to regularly, consistently, the team needs to kick over every rock they can find in an attempt to solve that problem. Keep in mind that even when he does return, he’ll be built back up into game shape.
Now if all this time off has finally healed Bour, than the need is minimal. Nothing about the injury thus far has lent itself to really believing that’s the case, but as first base is both the most glaring need in the lineup and the most likely spot he would be played at should he ever be used in a non pinch-hitting capacity, the existence of that need at first is the whole reason this is even possibly a consideration.
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