WASHINGTON -- The Marlins were one out away from ending a long, long day at Nationals Park -- one out from winning the second game of Friday's doubleheader -- when second baseman Emilio Bonifacio re-injured his left thumb while making a diving spot on a ground ball.
According to the Marlins, Bonifacio sprained his his left thumb, and manager Ozzie Guillen fears the injury is season-ending.
"You could see a lot of long faces out there," Guillen said. "I don't think he'll come back this year. I hope so, but in my mind he's gone, because it's the same hand, the way he was acting, the pain....That's the way we roll."
But a team source said that Bonifacio, while likely to go on the DL, might not necessarily miss the rest of the season because initial tests did not reveal a tear in the ligament. Bonifacio was on the DL from mid-May until after the All-Star break due to a ligament injury in the thumb that required surgery.
In addition to Bonifacio, the Marlins are also without infielder Donnie Murphy, who strained his left hamstring while running the bases in the first game of the doubleheader. Murphy might not need to go on the DL, but he could be out for a few days.
The Marlins could be calling up infielder Nick Green from Triple A New Orleans. Green was taken out of his game Friday night in New Orleans soon after the extent of Bonifacio's injury became known.