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Emilio Bonifacio out 4-6 weeks after thumb surgery

May 24, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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So much for those initial reports that an MRI exam ruled out structural damage in Emilio Bonifacio‘s injured thumb, as Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that he’ll undergo surgery tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

When the Marlins placed Bonifacio on the disabled list Sunday they indicated that the plan was for him to return after the minimum 15 days, but now he’s out until at least July. Miami also placed Austin Kearns on the DL today with a hamstring strain, so the Marlins are suddenly very thin in the outfield with Bryan Petersen and Chris Coghlan now slotted in as starters.

Before the injury Bonifacio was hitting .268 with a .351 on-base percentage and doing tons of damage on the bases with a league-leading 20 steals in 21 attempts. Of course, the injury came on a steal attempt and despite all the running he scored just 19 runs in 39 games.

  1. El Bravo - May 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    The only thing that can stop him from stealing bases is himself apparently. He’s still 100% on attempts and the league leader…bummer man. He was kicking ass for me.

  2. Old Gator - May 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    The low return on his stolen bases is indicative of what I’ve been complaining about since the middle of last season: the Feesh are among the worse seetuational heeters in the game, as a team. The team RISP remains around .210 or below (it will have plunged after tonight’s fiasco vs. the Jints) and that’s after a couple of Iron Giant slams in the past three or four games (tonight he popped out against Vogelsong with the bases loaded, for example). The injury to Bonifacio, the implosions of Gaby Sanchez and John Buck (who may not exactly have imploded because he came into the season as, and has remained, a singularity of sorts anyway) and the lineup of scrubeenies in the outfield at center just exacerbate the problem. This is a team of tablesetters and what Ralph Kiner used to call “swing hard in case you hit it” types, and the results are exemplified by Bonny’s stranding stats.

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