Bonifacio exits with left thumb sprain
CLEVELAND — Emilio Bonifacio has been one of the most durable and dependable Marlins in recent years.
The fleet-footed center fielder entered Friday having missed just two innings of Miami’s first 38 games. But in the top of the fifth inning against the Indians at Progressive Field, Bonifacio suffered a left thumb sprain after being caught stealing for the first time this year.
Bonifacio singled off Justin Masterson to open the inning. He attempted to steal second, but he was thrown out by catcher Carlos Santana. On his head-first slide, Bonifacio sprained his left thumb. He is listed as day to day.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bonifacio was replaced.
He slid head first on his steal attempt.
“It kind of hurts right now,” Bonifacio said. “We’ll just wait to see how it’s going to be tomorrow. Right now, I can’t move my hand. I can’t grip my bat.”
On Saturday morning, the center fielder will be examined by a doctor.
Bonifacio has played in 112 consecutive games, which is the third longest streak in the National League. Joey Votto (165) and Michael Bourn (129) have stretches that are longer.
Bonifacio had been successful in his first 20 steal attempts before Santana got him in the fifth. Dating to last year, Bonifacio had stolen 21 straight bags, which is a club record.
– Joe Frisaro