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Emilio Bonifacio shut down for the season with knee injury

Sep 4, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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Emilio Bonifacio has been on the disabled list since mid-August with a sprained knee and told reporters today that he won’t play again this season.

Bonifacio also missed time earlier this year with a sprained thumb, so he finishes the season with just 64 games after playing a career-high 152 games in 2011. He also regressed offensively, hitting .258 with a .645 OPS after batting .296 with a .753 OPS last year, although Bonifacio did steal 30 bases while being caught only three times.

In his absence Justin Ruggiano and Gorkys Hernandez are splitting time as the Marlins’ center fielder, and Ruggiano at least has emerged as a value player by hitting .326 with 13 homers and a .972 OPS in 75 games at age 30.

  1. ajcardsfan - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    OG, I think we jinxed him back him in August

    • Old Gator - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      You don’t think he held on to the Hanster’s accursed .342 amulet for safekeeping, do you?

      Boy, has this season ever been a train wreck in a mineshaft collapse or what?*

      *Little known fact: a song by the Folksmen called “Blood on the Coal,” which was in fact about a train wreck in a coal mine, was recorded but never included in that all-time mockumentary masterpiece, A Mighty Wind. Why I should think of that at this moment can only be attributed to a cerebroflatular episode, which is pretty common at my age, especially within a few days of attending games at Macondo Banana Massacre Field.

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