Marlins missing Bonifacio’s energy

MIAMI — The stitches in Emilio Bonifacio’s left thumb were removed on Tuesday. In 10 days, the Marlins center fielder will be re-evaluated, and best case scenario is he will be back before the All-Star Game.

Bonifacio went on the disabled list on May 20 and he had surgery on May 25 to repair ligament damage to his left thumb.

One of the most popular players on the team, Bonifacio offers the club energy and excitement. It was Bonifacio who started the “lo viste” (Spanish for, ‘see that?’) signal that has caught on with the entire club.

Bonifacio had lo viste t-shirts made up. And the players flash the lo viste sign (a sideways peace sign over one eye) whenever they do something impressive.

“We miss his speed and we miss his toughness, but we’ve won more games without him,” manager Ozzie Guillen said joking. “That kid is a spark for the ballclub. He gets everybody going, makes everybody ready to go. Of course, we miss him. We miss his glove in the outfield. We miss his speed on the bases. We miss his energy.

“We miss his ‘lo vistes,’ lately we don’t ‘lo viste.’ I think we look like pirates with one eye. The ‘lo viste’ has not been doing well. Of course, he’s in our plans. He’s the big guy in my plans about how we’re going to play. Hopefully, he will be back before he should be, but we have to take our time with him.”

All-Star week is July 9-12.

Joe Frisaro

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