For Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson, the road back to the Majors begins with a rehab assignment with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp or Class A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads.
The news is good for the Marlins, who could use some of Brinson’s pop. He had 10 home runs and 30 RBI before being placed on the disabled list. His batting average at the time of the injury was only .186, but he had made progress at the plate, being more patient with pitches.
"“Acquired from the Brewers as part of the Christian Yelich trade, Brinson is regarded as a core player of the Marlins’ future,” Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes."
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The 24-year-old had been a solid defensive outfielder, an outfield that looks slightly different from when he last played. The Sept. 1 call-ups and a 40-man roster means playing time may be hard to come by. The goal is to get him another 100 at-bats before the end of the season.
He played in 84 games before the injury. At first, it was believed to be a bruised hip, but it became more significant and Brinson missed the past five weeks.
"“I think he’s been able to start where we left off in drill work,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re seeing good things in that. Obviously, live [action] is always different. We’re looking forward to him doing that.”"
Brinson brings speed to the base pads and could move back to the leadoff spot in the batting order. He will move to his center field spot in the outfield and Magneuris Sierra, who has been playing in his spot, will move over to left field and share time with Derek Dietrich. Rookie of the Year Candidate Brian Anderson will continue in right field.
"“He’s been in left field some,” Mattingly said. “He’s played all over and less [in] left. We’ve done a little work in left to get him comfortable. Probably before Brins gets back, we’ll probably get Mags a game out there in left to get him comfortable out there.”"
Both Brinson and Garrett Cooper have been under the care of the team’s physicians. Cooper may return to the team soon as well, battling a wrist injury for the majority of this season.
The Marlins are currently 48-71 and in last place in the National League East.