6/4/2014 7:30 P.M. ET
Bour embraces first callup, could DH in St. Pete
By David Adler / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Marlins called up 26-year-old first baseman Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday to replace Derek Dietrich, who was sent down Tuesday night.
The power-hitting Bour, who does not have any big league experience, could see some time at designated hitter during this two-game Interleague series against the Rays -- although he was not in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game -- or against the Rangers next week.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday that Bour was available to pinch-hit, and he might DH on Thursday.
Bour, who was hitting .330 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs with New Orleans, was held out of the Zephyrs' lineup Tuesday night. At that point, he said, he knew something weird was going on. After the game, his manager, Andy Haines, called him in.
"He said, 'Hey, sorry to lie to you, but I had to,'" Bour said. "He goes, 'It's June 3. As of June 4, you're a big leaguer. I want to give you a hug.' It was awesome, it was great."
Bour said his father, brother and sister-in-law would be in St. Petersburg on Wednesday for the slugger's potential Major League debut.
Bour, who was walking around the Marlins' clubhouse Wednesday afternoon introducing himself to some of his teammates, also said he's just happy to be up in the big leagues with a chance to contribute.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet, but it feels great to finally be here," Bour said. "Whatever they call me to do, I'm going to be ready to do it. DH, first base -- I'm not really sure exactly what they'll do with me, but either one is fine by me. I'm just ready to get out there."
Christian Yelich, whose locker at Tropicana Field was next to Bour's, was briefly displaced by the reporters interviewing Bour before his potential Major League debut.
"It happens when you're next to a superstar," Yelich joked.
Second opinion gives Capps good news on elbow
ST. PETERSBURG -- Miami reliever Carter Capps was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday afternoon, but he is not having Tommy John surgery, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Capps visited noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, where he got the good news.
"Capps went up there and got checked out by Dr. Andrews and he confirmed the prognosis of rest," Redmond said before Wednesday's game. "So he's gonna rest for the next month, and then we'll start playing catch again and start building back up, and see where we're at.
"There was no surgery or recommendation or anything like that. Dr. Andrews confirmed what our doctors had said about resting for another month and then picking up a ball and start the process of playing catch again and see where he's at -- which is good news, of course."
The right-hander last pitched on May 25 against the Brewers. He has a 3.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings this season.
"I haven't talked to Capps, but I'm sure he's relieved," Redmond said. "Since he went and got checked out again, it's got to be comforting for him that they said the same thing."
Marlins waiting on Salty's symptoms to improve
ST. PETERSBURG -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday that he did not have any new updates on injured catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and second baseman Rafael Furcal.
Saltalamacchia was placed on the seven-day concussion list on Sunday, and he might have to go on the 15-day DL if he does not improve in the next few days.
"Salty's the same," Redmond said. "He's the same. I haven't heard differently. Unless I hear otherwise, I probably won't update you every day on Salty, unless I hear that he's symptom-free. Right now, it's the same with him."
Furcal, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, is currently on a rehab assignment with the Class A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads before moving up to Double-A Jacksonville.
"Furcal, we talked about Furcal. He's playing today, then heading up to Double-A Thursday," Redmond said. "There's still no timetable, really. It's just similar to where we've already been at -- we're just gonna let him play and continue to get himself into playing shape and see how he feels."
With Furcal rehabbing and Derek Dietrich being sent down to Triple-A, the Marlins have three potential second basemen -- Ed Lucas, Donovan Solano and Jeff Baker. Lucas had started Miami's three previous games at second base entering Wednesday, when Solano got the nod against the Rays.
Lucas was still in the starting lineup, playing third base, as was Baker, playing first. Redmond said that with Tampa Bay left-hander David Price on the mound, he wanted to stack his lineup with righties.
"We're just mixing and matching depending on the matchups," Redmond said. "Eddie can play different positions -- he can play third, he can play short, he can play first -- he's kind of our super-utility guy. I feel comfortable playing him. Donovan's a great defensive second baseman, and just with Dietrich being here hasn't gotten a ton of at-bats, so I want to get those guys out there.
"Tonight just seemed like the perfect opportunity to get them all in the lineup with a tough lefty."
McGehee avoids injury after broken-bat incident
ST. PETERSBURG -- Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee, who was hit in the midsection with a piece of Giancarlo Stanton's shattered bat while in the on-deck circle during Tuesday night's win over the Rays, was feeling fine on Wednesday.
McGehee said he knew he was OK after the bat hit him, but that he was lucky it didn't hit him more directly.
"I know he's fine, but at the same time, too, he's got to be at least a little bit sore," Miami manager Mike Redmond said before Wednesday's game. "That bat hit him pretty hard -- a lot harder than I originally thought. But he's fine."
McGehee was starting at designated hitter on Wednesday. Redmond said he was using McGehee as the DH as part of his effort to get as many right-handed hitters into the lineup as possible against Tampa Bay southpaw David Price, but the timing worked out well because of the bat incident.
"It's perfect for Casey to get the DH tonight, especially after taking that bat in the ribs," Redmond said."
Redmond said that he saw the bat coming -- maybe better than his third baseman did.
"I did -- I was looking at the bat more than I was looking at the ball," Redmond said. "I don't even know that he really reacted. It just seemed to hit him. We got lucky there, because that could have been really ugly."
McGehee entered Wednesday batting .288 with a home run and 36 RBIs for the Marlins this season.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.