This wasn’t the news the Miami Marlins wanted regarding outfielder Lewis Brinson. The team announced Brinson will remain on the disabled list several weeks with a bone bruise. Brinson had been on the 10-day disabled list for inflammation in his hip.
"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “The Marlins announced on Friday the rookie center fielder is dealing with a right hip bone bruise, and he will be out several more weeks.“The revised prognosis was made after Brinson was examined by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan. The 24-year-old has been on the 10-day disabled list since July 4.”"
Miami is in the midst of a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies before the All-Star break. Brinson has played stellar defense for the Marlins but has had issues at the plate. He is batting .186 for the season and has 10 home runs and 30 RBI.
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"“It’s just one of those things that’s going to take a little bit of time,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We have to be careful with how we bring him back. It’s not going to be long-term if we take care of it properly. We have to give it time to heal.”"
In his absence, the Marlins have had both Cameron Maybin and Yadiel Rivera play in center.
Brinson, who is a native of South Florida and went to high school in Ft. Lauderdale was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers prior to Spring Training. An impressive spring earned Brinson a spot on the 25-man roster and he was in the lineup on Opening Day.
Despite his troubles with the bat, Frisaro wrote Brinson has shown signs of life at the dish. In his final seven games before going on the DL, his slash line was .269/.321/.423 with a home run. If he can find a resolution to his hitting issues, he could prove to be a surprise for this team in the second half of the MLB season.
"“We know that bone bruises take time to heal,” Mattingly said. “Brins is a guy we definitely want to make sure we take care of properly, so he can finish the season being 100 percent healthy. And keep going with the strides that he’s been making. I’m looking forward to finishing the season with him.”"
Brinson was a former first-round pick by the Texas Rangers, He was a graduate of Coral Springs High School.