DL stint possible for Bonifacio
CLEVELAND — Emilio Bonifacio’s streak of 112 consecutive games is over. There is a strong possibility the Marlins’ center fielder could be headed to the disabled list.
Bonifacio sprained his left thumb while attempting to steal second base on Friday night. He was thrown out by catcher Carlos Santana.
“This is a very tough part of the body, especially when you’re trying to swing a bat,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “In my mind, I am waiting for the worst. If it comes, I’m prepared for that.”
On the play, Bonifacio’s left thumb jammed into second base. The momentum of the slide carried him past the bag. He was removed from the game, and Bryan Petersen is starting in center field on Saturday against the Indians at Progressive Field.
When the Marlins return to Miami on Monday, Bonifacio will be examined by team doctors. If he goes on the disabled list, Chris Coghlan is a likely choice to be called up from Triple-A New Orleans.
An MRI on Saturday revealed no breaks, and Bonifacio’s status will be updated after he is examined by Marlins physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan on Monday.
“I feel a little better,” Bonifacio said early Saturday afternoon.
The speedster, who has stolen 20 of 21 bases this year, said he had a little more movement in the thumb than he did on Friday night. There is still swelling he is dealing with.
Bonifacio slides head-first, and he said that is the first time he’s ever jammed his thumb on a base.
– Joe Frisaro