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Cubs place Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list

Jun 13, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

Emilio Bonifacio AP

Emilio Bonifacio injured his rib cage Thursday night and the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list, activating outfielder Ryan Sweeney from DL to take his spot on the roster.

Bonifacio got off to a red-hot start this season, collecting 11 hits in his first three games and hitting .500 through his first eight games, but he came back down to earth and is hitting just .266 with one homer and a .656 OPS in 61 games overall (which is actually five points below his career OPS).

Bonifacio can play basically anywhere defensively, but the Cubs have mostly used him in center field and at second base this season.

  1. blueshoebrawlers1977 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    What better time to call up Bryant….that is if Theo Epstein is interested in appeasing CubsNation as well as the players. Understanding the dynamics that left Theo with little talent in our drowning farm system, I see the reasoning for letting our top prospects develop. That being said, I also believe when there is a superior talent within your organization…YOU DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET THEM UP TO THE MAJORS ASAP!!!!! We are not talking about a youngster in the sense of straight out of high school, which makes the process relevant. No…we are talking about Bryant!!!! This young man is special and by the looks of his performances on display in double A ball, he may just bypass Iowa altogether on his way up to the corner of Sheffield & Waveland Avenues. Baez is another top prospects with the potential to become a perennial powerhouse in the middle of Wrigleys infield as well as Rick Renterias lineup card game in game out. The saying seems steady as to the future looking MUCH BRIGHTER for our CUBS, well Mr Epstein sir, there is no time like today…NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE!!!! I HOPE BONO GETS HEALTHY FOR US SOON, IN THE MEANTIME…SEND OUT A FEW CALLS DOWN INTO THE FARM SYSTEM AND SHOW OUR PITCHING STAFF WE WANT TO WIN NOW!!!!! IF NOT, THE NEXT OBSTACLE THEO & CO WILL FACE IS THAT OF FINDING YOUNG QUALITY ARMS THAT CHOSE TO LEAVE FOR CONTENDERS…NOT PRETENDERS!!!!! #GoCubsGo

  2. dstark9 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Why would Epstein bring up Bryant now? Most smart Cub fans realize that would be one of the dumbest things the Cubs could do. I hate to break it to you, but this season for the Cubs is lost. They are not going to be in the race for the playoffs. Bringing up Bryant now “could” earn the Cubs more wins than needed and lose a chance at a very high draft pick. If they bring him up now Bryant would also be eligible for free agency sooner than later which would end up costing the Cubs a lot more money. Bryant also is one of the worst fielding 3rd baseman in Double A. He really is not a 3rd baseman and needs to work on his defense a lot. Bryant also is hitting very well in Double A. Baez tore up Double A last year. When Baez got moved to Triple A he has struggled mightily. Same thing could happen to Bryant. The Cubs will still draw fans since they play in Wrigley Field. Bringing up Bryant early makes no sense whatsoever. If Epstein brings Bryant up early he should be fired.

  3. cowboysoldiertx - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Bryant can get a cup of coffee in September but needs to stay down at least till then. And 3rd just isnt good for him.

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