Bonifacio to undergo surgery

MIAMI — Emilio Bonifacio will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a ligament in his left thumb.

The Marlins center fielder, who paces the Majors with 20 steals, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Bonifacio injured his thumb while attempting to steal second base at Cleveland on May 18. Using a head-first slide, Bonifacio was thrown out for the only time this year. On the play, his thumb jammed into the base.

Bonifacio initially thought he would only need the 15-days on the DL to recover. But a second examine and MRI revealed the ligament tear.

Injuries are starting to catch up to the Marlins.

Also on Thursday, the team announced Austin Kearns has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Kevin Mattison was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Chris Coghlan, Bryan Petersen and Mattison can all play center field.

Kearns is a big loss because he was a right-handed bat off the bench. Now, Donovan Solano likely will take on more of a role. The infielder is taking fly balls in left field, and he is an option to play the position against a left-handed starter.

Solano is using one of Bonifacio’s outfield gloves.

Joe Frisaro

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