Plenty of injured Marlins to return in time for September

There’s been a lot of movers and shakers coming through Marlins Park this season and with the exception of the few that have been traded or designated for assignment, they’re all coming back for one more month. 

September allows for the active rosters to expand to 40. The Marlins did not announce how many players would be added to the current roster but when asked if top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara would return from the disabled list, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said: “That’s a fairly good assumption.”

Rookie center fielder Lewis Brinson is also expected to return from the disabled list in September. Brinson has been out since July 4 with a hip injury. He’s had a pretty lengthy minor league rehab assignment and there’s hopes of him returning with the same progress he was on in June when he slashed .267/.301/.547.

“It’s not always that you’re looking for results in a rehab type scenario,” Mattingly said. “It’s about them getting timing, getting comfortable — you can get 12 to 14 at bats and be okay. But if you get 25 to 30, you should be ready. It’s basically what you’re getting in almost a Spring Training. You’re getting 50 in spring, but now he’s got a bunch under his belt.”

Martin Prado will return from another DL stint but in a new position. When he returns, Prado will split time at first base with Derek Dietrich in September. Brian Anderson moved to right field when Prado came back the first time this season. Back then it was just him, Brinson and Dietrich. Now with Austin Dean, Rafael Ortega and Issac Galloway in the fold, Anderson can go back and stay in the hot corner.

“We’re gonna be full at outfielders,” Mattingly said.

One player that’s not coming back is 1B/OF Garrett Cooper. He’s been out with a right wrist sprain and has hurt it again during a minor league rehab assignment in Single-A Jupiter after just 14 games. He has been evaluated by a hand specialist and with surgery a likely option, it might be the end of his season.

“I’d say it’s probably a possibility, but we’ll see where it goes,” Mattingly said.

That would be a shame for Cooper, who would miss out at playing the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, one year after making his MLB debut there with the New York Yankees.

“The first couple games were a little big of a blur,” Cooper said about his first big league memory, “and then once I got my first hit, I kind of eased into the rest of the season. They let me hear it the first three games. That’s something you’re not used to in the minor leagues but those first few games in Boston were something else.”

Both Cooper and starting pitcher Carson Smith were acquired by the Yankees in a minor trade last offseason. Both will finish the season on the disabled list.

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