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Emilio Bonifacio to have thumb surgery and miss 4-6 weeks; Austin Kearns goes on DL

      Bad news for the Marlins outfield this afternoon. Not only did the team place hot-hitting backup outfielder Austin Kearns on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, but found out Thursday that center fielder Emilio Bonifacio will have thumb ligament surgery that will cause him to miss the next four to six weeks.

      "Obviously we're losing a big piece," manager Ozzie Guillen said of Bonifacio, who will undergo surgery on Friday.

      Bonifacio, who leads the majors in stolen bases, was placed on the 15-day disabled list after spraining the ligament in his left thumb while attempting to steal a base in Cleveland on Friday. After visiting with a doctor on Thursday, the decision was made to repair the injury with surgery.

      "Four to six weeks, that's what they say," Bonifacio said, adding that he probably would have missed that much time even if he didn't elect surgery. "It's something I can't control. I decided to fix it now. I'd be playing kind of scared (if surgery wasn't performed and he tried to play through it)."

      With Gaby Sanchez in the minors and Logan Morrison taking over at first base, the Marlins' outfield looks vastly different now than it did only a week ago. The Marlins had already called up Bryan Petersen and Chris Coghlan. On Thursday, they recalled outfielder Kevin Mattison from Triple A New Orleans to fill Kearns' spot. The Marlins were even working infielder Donovan Solano in left field before batting practice.

      It was only two weeks ago that Petersen, Coghlan and Mattison comprised the starting outfield for Triple A New Orleans. Coghlan was the starter in center on Friday as the Marlins opened a four-game series against the Giants. Greg Dobbs was in left.

      "We have to have confidence in the guys we've got," Guillen said. "You wish you had the same guys. (But) you look around baseball and nobody goes through the season with the same 25 guys. There's always going to be injuries."

      Guillen said he is not inclined at the moment to move Morrison back to left and play Dobbs at first base.


      Catcher Brett Hayes is back in the starting lineup for the second straight day. This marks the third time this season Hayes has started back-to-back games. He has never played three straight, however, and Guillen was non-committal about who would be behind the plate Friday.

     "I'm going to give Buck another day (Thursday) off to see how Hayes does," Guillen said. "Hopefully (Buck's)  out of the slump soon. I'm going to wait. I'm not going to take the job away from Buck. We all know Buck struggling right now. But the way Hayes is swinging the bat right now, I'll use him."



      Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Infante, 2b; 3. Ramirez, 3b; 4. Dobbs, lf; 5. Stanton, rf; 6. Morrison, 1b; 7. Hayes, c; 8. Coghlan, cf; 9. A. Sanchez, p.

      Giants: 1. Blanco, rf; 2. Crawford, ss; 3. Cabrera, lf; 4. Posey, c; 5. Pagan, cf; 6. Belt, 1b; 7. Arias, 3b; 8. Burriss, 2b; 9. Vogelsong, p.

      Umpires: HP -- Wally Bell; 1B -- Mike Winters; 2B -- Mark Wegner; 3B -- Mike Muchlinski