Bone bruise to keep Marlins rookie out for several weeks

Miami Marlins rookie centerfielder Lewis Brinson was originally out of the lineup due to a right hip inflammation. As it turns out, he is actually dealing with a right hip bone bruise and is going to be on the disabled list longer than initially anticipated.

The Marlins made the announcement on Friday that Brinson will be out for several more weeks. Cameron Maybin and Yadiel Rivera are handling center field in Brinson’s absence.

“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.”

Brinson came to the Marlins as the centerpiece of the offseason trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers. The South Florida native was the starting centerfielder throughout the season and has a slash line of .186/.232/.338 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in 89 games. At times he appeared to be starting out as a Jackie Bradley Jr., trending towards Chris Young. June was certainly his best month, slashing .267/.301/.547 in 27 games with four home runs. His slash line was .269/.321/.423 with a home run in his final seven games before going on the DL on July 4.

“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.”

With more playing time, the Marlins are hoping for Maybin to return to the form that finished last season 2nd in the American League in stolen bases with the Los Angeles Angels and World Series winning Houston Astros. He’s already tied with shortstop Miguel Rojas for the team lead with six.

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