Beyond that, he does anticipate internal reinforcement as well.
Despite the prolonged absences of and seemingly bleak outlooks for infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist and reliever Brandon Morrow, Epstein expects both to return later in the season. Zobrist has been away from the team since early May on a personal leave of absence as he goes through divorce proceedings, and Morrow has been out all season as his rehab from elbow surgery last November has moved slowly.
"I mean, I think they both will (play)," Epstein said in an interview on the McNeil & Parkins Show on Wednesday afternoon. "Zo, there's no health limitation with him. And I know ... there is a plan in place, even though it's a tentative one. We sort of have an understanding of the timetable, that we'll see him at some point return. I'm not at liberty to talk about it. We shared about a month ago that we are hopeful that he's going to return and be able to help us down the stretch and hopefully beyond. I believe that's coming.
"Morrow's feeling pretty good and throwing all his pitches aggressively off the mound and side sessions. That story will be told by how his arm responds when he ramps it up and gets back into game action.
"I hope both guys help us."