CLEVELAND -- Emilio Bonifacio is out indefinitely with a sprained thumb and, depending on the severity of the injury, could go on the disabled list. The Marlins won’t know for sure until Bonifacio receives a second opinion on the injury after the team returns to Miami.
Bonifacio, who leads the majors in stolen bases, injured his left thumb on Friday when his hand caught the bag at second on a head-first slide. Bonifacio was examined on Saturday in Cleveland, and manager Ozzie Guillen said the center fielder would not play the remainder of the series, which ends Sunday.
“It’s very sore,” Guillen said. “(He) can’t hold the bat.”
Guillen said it’s uncertain whether Bonifacio will end up on the DL until a few more days have passed. In the meantime, Guillen said Bryan Petersen would take over in center.
“The doctors here say it’s nothing bad,” Guillen said. “Now we’ll have a second opinion.”
Bonifacio isn't on the lineup card for this afternoon's tilt, ending his run of consecutive games at 112. Incredibly, that's the third longest active streak in the National League behind Cincinnati's Joey Votto (165) and Atlanta's Michael Bourn (128).
Hard to imagine that Votto is the only NL player to have a streak as long as one full season.
Bonifacio not only injured his thumb on a slide into second base in last night's fifth inning, but had his streak of stolen bases without being caught stopped at 20 straight. Bonifacio didn't argue the call, but said the video replay showed he was safe.
Here are today's lineups:
Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Infante, 2b; 3. Ramirez, 3b; 4. Dobbs rf; 5. Stanton, dh; 6. Morrison, lf; 7. Sanchez, 1b; 8. Petersen, cf; 9. Buck, c. On the mound: Anibal Sanchez
Indians: 1.Choo rf; 2. Kipnis, 2b; 3. Cabrera, ss; 4. Hafner, dh; 5. Santana, c; 6. Brantley cf; 7. Lopez, 3b; 8. Kotchman, 1b; 9. Duncan, lf. On the mound: Jeanmar Gomez.
Umpires: HP -- Angel Hernandez; 1B -- Chris Conroy; 2B -- Mark Carlson; 3B -- Ed Hickox