Bonifacio starts at second for first time in 2012

Bonifacio starts at second for first time in 2012

WASHINGTON -- Emilio Bonifacio usually plays center field for Miami, but he made his first start of the season at second base on Saturday.

Bonifacio played the first 14 games in center, but manager Ozzie Guillen shifted him over to second base during the eighth inning in Friday's 2-0 series-opening loss to the Nationals.

Second baseman Omar Infante won't be starting in this series due to his strained groin, and Guillen said he's fine with how Donnie Murphy's playing there now.

"Bonifacio, he's not going to do it every day," Guillen said. "I'm just doing that because ... [Chris] Coghlan is swinging the bat pretty good right now. I want to take advantage. I think Murphy's been playing great."

Bonifacio played five games at second base last year out of 152. But he's played there on a regular basis throughout his career, so Guillen said he's fine with moving him over to second.

The skipper also was trying to get some more left-handed bats in the lineup against Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg. Miami had five left-handed bats in the lineup, including the switch-hitting Bonifacio and Jose Reyes, as well as Coghlan, Logan Morrison and Greg Dobbs.

"We're going to face one of the better righties in the game," Guillen said. "Hopefully those left bats make things happen."