X-ray comes back negative on Boni’s thumb

WASHINGTON — The Marlins are bracing for the worst and hoping for the best on Emilio Bonifacio’s sprained left thumb.

An X-ray taken after Friday’s 5-2 win at Washington came back negative. But further tests will take place in Miami on Monday.

Placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, Bonifacio returned to Miami where he will be examined by the physician who performed surgery on the same thumb on May 25.

Manager Ozzie Guillen hasn’t ruled out Bonifacio returning in two or three weeks, but he isn’t completely banking on it.

“When I saw it, to me, I thought he was out for the season,” Guillen said. “The way he was reacting, and the pain. [But] we don’t know yet. The X-rays came back negative. We’ve got to wait until Monday or Tuesday to see what the doctors say.”

The X-ray detected no structural damage. When Bonifacio initially injured the thumb, on May 18 at Cleveland, he tore ligaments. Pins were inserted to stability the area.

The Marlins don’t believe the pins were damaged.

“The X-rays showed everything was what it was,” Guillen said. “The pins, they were in the same place. Maybe, he just strained the ligament. You can put it that way. That’s what they told me.”

“He’s going to be out 15 days, and hopefully no more than that. Then we’re go by ear. If only 15 days, that’s a plus.”

Bonifacio is one of the most popular players on the team.

“This kid is the soul of this ballclub,” Guillen said. “This kid can bring a lot of great things to this ballclub. Not only on the field, but off the field. He’s liked by his teammates, the way he goes about his business. Hopefully, it’s just a few weeks.”

Joe Frisaro



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