Christian Yelich expected to rejoin Marlins on Friday

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Some very good news here for the Marlins …

According to’s Joe Frisaro, outfielder Christian Yelich — who has been sidelined since April 19 with a bulging disk in his lower back — is expected to return from the disabled list this Friday. Yelich began a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday at High-A Jupiter and has tallied one hit and two walks over six plate appearances so far.

Yelich was off to a really rough start this season for Miami, batting just .200/.265/.222 with zero homers, one stolen base, and 13 strikeouts through 49 plate appearances. The 23-year-old hit .284/.362/.402 with nine homers, 21 steals, and 94 runs scored in 144 games last season and then landed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension in March.