Bour gets call from Triple-A
MIAMI — The Marlins sent down one power lefty bat and are calling up another.
Justin Bour, who has nine homers and 36 RBIs at Triple-A New Orleans, will have his contract selected by Miami on Wednesday, and the left-handed hitting first baseman will join the team at Tampa Bay.
After Miami beat the Rays, 1-0, on Tuesday night, the club optioned second baseman Derek Dietrich to New Orleans. Dietrich hit five homers with Miami, and he will look to polish up his defense and all-around game with the Zephyrs.
Bour, 26, is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound lefty-handed hitting first baseman. He has been a force in the middle of the lineup at New Orleans, batting .330.
Bour provides a left-handed power bat off the bench, and depth a first base for Garrett Jones.
The Marlins, after going 2-3 on their homestand, open a seven-game trip on Wednesday at the Rays. The trip also includes three games at Wrigley Field against the Cubs over the weekend, and two games at Texas next week.
Playing in AL parks means Miami will use a designated hitter, and Bour could be an option.
The Marlins’ bench has right-handed pinch-hit options in Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker, but they are thin with left-handed power off the bench.
– Joe Frisaro