Inbox: Is Bour Miami's everyday 1B of future?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers Marlins fans' questions

Inbox: Is Bour Miami's everyday 1B of future?

Do the Marlins see Justin Bour as their everyday first baseman next year? Or will they be open to upgrading?
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One reason Michael Morse was dealt at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline was the emergence of Bour, who is making the most of his opportunity. Bour is popular with his teammates, and he provides much-needed left-handed power. The club feels Bour is a potential 20-homer candidate. He already has 15.

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Jennings, Marlins meet to discuss role

Jennings, Marlins meet to discuss role

MIAMI -- Dan Jennings met with upper management on Thursday at Marlins Park. While no specifics were announced, the Marlins intend to retain Jennings as manager, at least for now.

The Marlins are in the process of making widespread changes throughout the organization. And indications are Jennings will eventually transition from the dugout back to general manager.

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Marlins roll on, complete sweep of Braves

Marlins roll on, complete sweep of Braves

ATLANTA -- Rookie left-hander Adam Conley minimized damage over five innings, giving up three runs, and Marcell Ozuna provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the Marlins' 7-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.

Braves right-hander Williams Perez gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings to take the loss as Miami was able to complete its first three-game road sweep of the season, moving a half-game ahead of Atlanta into third place in the National League East. The Marlins finished the road trip at 4-2, while the Braves have dropped eight straight and 15 of 16.

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Stanton's status up in air until he tests hand

Stanton's status up in air until he tests hand

ATLANTA -- Whether Giancarlo Stanton will be available for this weekend's series against the Mets will largely depend on how he feels after testing his left hand on Wednesday.

Stanton, recovering from a broken left hamate bone, experienced some discomfort during his rehab assignment game with Class A Advanced Jupiter on Tuesday night at Roger Dean Stadium. The Marlins have been hopeful the three-time All-Star would be reinstated from the disabled list on Friday against the Mets in Miami.

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Marlins ready to challenge division-rival Mets

Marlins ready to challenge division-rival Mets

Good things tend to happen for the Mets when Jacob deGrom is on the mound, and that's not good news for the Marlins when the National League East rivals meet at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday at Marlins Park.

deGrom, who is 12-7 with a 2.32 ERA, is building a Cy Young-worthy season. In his 25 starts, the Mets are 17-8. Opponents are struggling to reach base off deGrom, who has a WHIP of 0.94.

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Yelich, Ozuna beginning to click for Marlins

Yelich, Ozuna beginning to click for Marlins

ATLANTA -- As Giancarlo Stanton continues to work his way back from a broken left hamate bone, the Marlins "other two" young outfielders are starting to perform up to expectations.

Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna showed why they are highly touted in Miami's 7-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.

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Meeting to help determine direction of Marlins

Jennings to discuss possible transition back to GM with Hill, Samson, Loria

Meeting to help determine direction of Marlins

ATLANTA -- The Marlins are in the process of making widespread changes, and what transpires during an organizational meeting on Thursday in Miami will determine the direction of upper management.

Manager Dan Jennings is scheduled to meet with president of baseball operations Michael Hill, team president David Samson and owner Jeffrey Loria regarding his transition back into the front office.

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Hechavarria strains hamstring, day to day

Hechavarria strains hamstring, day to day

ATLANTA -- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, the lone regular from the Opening Day lineup to not miss time this season due to injury or demotion, was replaced in the second inning of theMarlins' 7-3 victoryagainst the Braves at Turner Field on Wednesday after straining his left hamstring on a bunt single. The club said he was day to day.

After running past the first-base bag, Hechavarria grabbed the back of his left leg. He tried to stretch it out, testing to see if he could continue, but after being checked by manager Dan Jennings and trainer Sean Cunningham, he was replaced by Miguel Rojas.

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Jennings likely returning to GM role after season

Final decision expected after meeting to discuss future

Jennings likely returning to GM role after season

ATLANTA -- The Marlins are scheduled to meet with manager Dan Jennings on Thursday in Miami to discuss his transition back into the front office at the end of the season, sources have told MLB.com.

Indications are Jennings will agree to go back to being general manager, the post he held before assuming the role of manager after Mike Redmond was dismissed on May 17.

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Lazo first of Marlins' September callups

ATLANTA -- The Marlins used their first September callup to add bullpen depth. Left-hander Raudel Lazo, an international signing out of Cuba in 2011, had his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday.

Lazo, 26, split time this season with Class A Advanced Jupiter and Jacksonville. He'll get a good look at the big league level over the final few weeks of the regular season, and his evaluation will continue into October, as he has been selected to represent the organization in the Arizona Fall League.

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Nicolino's increased maturity evident with every start

Left-hander tosses seven scoreless innings in win over Braves

Nicolino's increased maturity evident with every start

ATLANTA -- You can call it a knack.

Whatever it is, Justin Nicolino has it. The 23-year-old certainly showed his feel for pitching on Tuesday night, tossing seven shutout innings in the Marlins' 7-1 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

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Bour, Nicolino lead charge in rout of Braves

Bour, Nicolino lead charge in rout of Braves

ATLANTA -- Justin Nicolino completed seven scoreless innings and received some comfort courtesy of a Justin Bour three-run home run that allowed the Marlins to cruise to a 7-1 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Nicolino scattered six hits while subduing a Braves club that has tallied just one run through the first 18 innings of this three-game series. The Marlins scored a pair of first-inning runs against spot starter Manny Banuelos and Bour, who was given a rare start against a left-handed pitcher, capped a four-run seventh inning with the three-run shot he hit off right-handed reliever Ryan Kelly.

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Williams among Marlins headed to Arizona Fall League

Other top prospects Dean, Riddle also set to play for Mesa Solar Sox

Williams among Marlins headed to Arizona Fall League

ATLANTA -- When the Minor League season ends in about a week, five Marlins Minor Leaguers will start preparing for a new beginning in October. Arizona Fall League rosters were announced on Tuesday, and some of organizations top young talent has been selected to play for the Mesa Solar Sox.

Representing the Marlins will be right-hander Trevor Williams, the club's No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com, and No. 9 prospect, outfielder Austin Dean. Infielder J.T. Riddle, the club's No. 16 prospect, right-hander Jacob Esch and lefty Raudel Lazo round out the list.

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Ichiro scores his 2,000th professional run

Outfielder scores his 1,342nd run in Majors, had 658 in nine seasons in Japan

Ichiro scores his 2,000th professional run

ATLANTA -- Ichiro Suzuki provided more than an important insurance run in the eighth inning of the Marlins' 4-0 win on Monday night over the Braves at Turner Field. The 41-year-old reached another impressive milestone.

The run was the 2,000th of his professional career, including 1,342 in the big leagues and 658 during his nine seasons in Japan.

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Gillespie's homer helps Marlins defeat Braves

Gillespie's homer helps Marlins defeat Braves

ATLANTA -- Cole Gillespie's second-inning homer extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 19 starts and propelled the Marlins toward a 4-0 win over the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field.

Gillespie's one-out solo shot accounted for the only run surrendered during the seven-inning effort provided by Miller, who has not earned a win since coming one out shy of no-hitting the Marlins on May 17. The Braves right-hander has posted a strong 3.12 ERA during his 19-start winless streak, but this marked the ninth time during the span he received zero runs of support.

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Narveson pitches well despite developing blister

Narveson pitches well despite developing blister

ATLANTA -- The September call-up period is coming just in time for the Marlins, who are running out of healthy starting pitching options. The rotation suffered another setback in Monday's 4-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field when Chris Narveson was replaced after 5 1/3 innings due to a blister to his left middle finger.

Narveson recently became the 13th different starter for Miami, which matches a franchise most for a season. The 33-year-old limited the Braves to two hits and no runs before he exited after 90 pitches and a win.

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Bour, Dietrich will get chance to play vs. lefties

Bour, Dietrich will get chance to play vs. lefties

ATLANTA -- In Justin Bour and Derek Dietrich, the Marlins have two left-handed hitters with power potential. Each has reached the double-digit mark in home runs.

Still, there are questions if either one will develop into an everyday player. The Marlins plan on using these final weeks to help find out, and they got an opportunity in Monday's 4-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

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Fast start goes for naught in finale vs. Nats

Fast start goes for naught in finale vs. Nats

WASHINGTON -- A combination of long balls and long rallies paced the Nationals on Sunday as they clinched their fourth consecutive series victory with a 7-4 win over the Marlins at Nationals Park. Washington remains 5 1/2 games back of the Mets, who beat the Red Sox, 5-4.

"We've got a long way to go," outfielder Jayson Werth said. "We've got a tough three-game road trip in St. Louis. We need to keep winning series and keep winning ballgames to give ourselves a chance. I don't think anybody in here has given up. I think everyone believes in each other and believes in this team. We've got a long way to go."

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Yelich to be handled carefully after pinch-hit

Yelich to be handled carefully after pinch-hit

WASHINGTON -- There is nothing wrong with Christian Yelich's swing, as evidenced by his pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 7-4 loss to the Nationals on Sunday at Nationals Park.

What's troubling the 23-year-old Miami outfielder is a lingering right knee bruise that is limiting his availability. Yelich's single to right off Jonathan Papelbon on Sunday was his first game action since Wednesday against Pittsburgh, as he's been dealing with a bruised knee since banging it against the outfield wall in Atlanta on Aug. 9. He went on the disabled list on Aug. 15, retroactive to Aug. 10, and he was reinstated on Tuesday.

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Cosart among injured Marlins hurlers on mend

Cosart among injured Marlins hurlers on mend

WASHINGTON -- Pitching depth is close to becoming a reality for the Marlins again, as the club is expected to receive some reinforcements after rosters expand on Tuesday.

Miami has several pitchers on the disabled list who are getting close to rejoining the roster. Jarred Cosart (left inner ear disorder) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A Advanced Jupiter on Tuesday, and Jose Urena (left knee contusion) is scheduled to throw two innings for Jupiter on Monday.

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Miami not expecting to make any more trades

Miami not expecting to make any more trades

WASHINGTON -- A month ago, the Marlins were active before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, moving reliever Steve Cishek, right-handers Mat Latos and Dan Haren and first baseman Michael Morse in three separate deals.

Barring anything unforeseen, Miami is expected to stand pat before Monday's waiver Trade Deadline. In August, teams have called on third baseman Martin Prado, but Miami maintained he wasn't available.

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Homers hurt Koehler, Marlins in Washington

Homers hurt Koehler, Marlins in Washington

WASHINGTON -- Backed by three home runs, including back-to-back blasts from Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond in the sixth inning, Jordan Zimmermann turned in seven strong innings in the Nationals' 5-1 series-tying victory against the Marlins on Saturday night.

Zimmermann, who improved to 11-8 with the win, scattered seven hits. Justin Bour's second-deck home run in the seventh was the only interruption in a string of zeros.

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Bour hits Stanton-esque, second-deck blast

Bour hits Stanton-esque, second-deck blast

WASHINGTON -- In terms of power, no one in baseball seriously rivals Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. But leading off the seventh inning in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Nationals, Justin Bour showed he can offer pop from the left side.

Bour blistered a thunderous home run into the second deck at Nationals Park off Jordan Zimmermann, which proved to be the Marlins' only run on the night. Statcast™ projected the drive landed 452 feet from home plate, with an exit velocity of 113 mph.

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Marlins making difficult plays look easy

Marlins making difficult plays look easy

WASHINGTON -- Defensive gems are occurring so routinely for the Marlins these days that spectacular plays have almost become routine.

If not for some stellar plays in the field on Saturday, a 5-1 loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park on Saturday night could have been considerably worse.

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Marlins like Prado's presence, now and for 2016

Marlins like Prado's presence, now and for 2016

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins are not where they'd like to be in the standings, but there are some veteran leaders on the club who are helping steer the young players in the right direction.

Martin Prado, signed through next season, is one of the few core players with a long track record. Miami has made it clear to other teams the third baseman is not a trade piece.

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Rookie Barraclough proves lucky and good

Rookie Barraclough proves lucky and good

WASHINGTON -- On the stat sheet, A.J. Ramos was credited with the save on Friday night in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park. Unofficially, you can chalk up a glove save to rookie reliever Kyle Barraclough, the recipient of a fortunate bounce that helped wiggle Miami out of a jam.

Barraclough, in his ninth big league game, was put in a dubious bases-loaded, no-out spot while trying to preserve a two-run lead. He did a masterful job minimizing damage, and he ended the inning by deflecting Wilson Ramos' hot smash to second baseman Dee Gordon, who completed the out.

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Marlins get to Scherzer early, hold off Nationals

Marlins get to Scherzer early, hold off Nationals

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins scored four runs in the first four innings off Max Scherzer on Friday night, then held on tight, earning a 4-3 win over the Nationals in the series opener.

Scherzer's counterpart, rookie Adam Conley, limited the Nats to three runs on six hits over five-plus innings in his fifth career start. Washington squandered its best chance to erase the deficit when it loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning, but managed only one run.

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Prado looks like old self, especially vs. Scherzer

Prado looks like old self, especially vs. Scherzer

WASHINGTON -- Facing Max Scherzer is not an easy task for any hitter, yet throughout the years, Martin Prado has enjoyed success against one of the top right-handers in the game.

Prado came up big again on Friday night in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park. The Miami third baseman connected on a two-run homer in third inning that put his team ahead to stay.

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Cosart could start for Marlins during next homestand

Cosart could start for Marlins during next homestand

WASHINGTON -- If everything progresses in his next rehab-assignment start, Jarred Cosart could be ready to rejoin the Marlins' rotation in the middle of their next homestand.

Before making the big league step, Cosart will have one more start in the Minor Leagues, possibly on Tuesday at Class A Advanced Jupiter. However, the storm off the coast of Florida may decide if that assignment is moved elsewhere.

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Dee's talent only surpassed by his character

Miami second baseman is Gold Glove candidate, hitting .333 with 45 SB

Dee's talent only surpassed by his character

Since there are so many wonderful things to say about Dee Gordon, it's difficult to decide where to start.

OK, what about here? He's honest.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.