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Omar Infante Fractures Finger, Headed to DL -- Thurston On The Way

     Huge blow for the Marlins tonight as Omar Infante is out indefinitely after fracturing his right middle finger while diving for a ball in the third inning. Spoke with a Marlins official afterward, who said Infante would be placed on the 15-day DL

     The Marlins will be calling up Joe Thurston from Triple A New Orleans.

     Infante is not only the only Marlin to play in every game this season, he's been one of their hottest hitters of late. Infante went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles on Thursday and is hitting .411 since the All-Star break.

     But now it appears the Marlins will have to do without him, at least for a while. Thurston is hitting .316 with a .406 on-base percentage for New Orleans. To make room for Thurston on the 40-man roster, the Marlins could transfer Chris Coghlan to the 60-day disabled list.

     Infante was diving after Skip Schumaker's grounder in the third when the ball hit his right hand. Infante grimaced in pain as a trainer went out to look at him. But he remained in the game and singled in the fourth, before exiting in the top of the sixth.

     With Emilio Bonifacio thrust into duty at shortstop due to the absence of injured Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins turned to Wes Helms to take over at second.