MIAMI, FL - JULY 28: Emilio Bonifacio #1 of the Miami Marlins misses a ball during a game against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park on July 28, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Miami Marlins defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Emilio Bonifacio is likely to miss the rest of the season after re-injuring his left thumb on a diving defensive play at second base in the ninth inning of the Miami Marlins' 5-2 victory of the Washington Nationals. Bonifacio dove with his glove to stop a hard ground ball up the middle. He was able to field the ball, though not in time to record what would have been the final out of the game. After recovering the ball, he tossed it errantly to second base and winced in pain as the ball skipped past shorstop Jose Reyes and allowed Bryce Harper to score from second base.
Once the wincing began, the thought immediately went to Bonifacio's left thumb, the same one on which he had surgery following a slide into second base in mid-May. Bonifacio just returned in July on the first game of the second half from thumb surgery, but it seems this play has re-injured the thumb. Manager Ozzie Guillen figures that Bonifacio will miss the rest of the season.
"When he was on the ground, I knew something was bad," Guillen said. "I just saw it right away. Same thumb. Same injury. I don’t expect him back this year."
This is yet another critical blow to an already decimated Marlins lineup that has lost Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton to injury at coinciding times. With the team dealing infield starters Hanley Ramirez and Omar Infante, the club was already toying with a lack of depth. The Marlins moved Bonifacio to the infield to replace Infante, but now the Fish will have to use Donovan Solano full time to replace Bonifacio following yet another depth-crippling injury. Stanton should return in less than one week, helping out the lineup a little bit, but the Marlins' recent offensive woes are no coincidence are directly associated with their poor lineups following all of these trades and injuries.
Add another one to the list. Emilio Bonifacio may be out for the season.