It wasn't by design, but out of necessity.
On the day the Marlins placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 15-day disabled list due to "loose bodies" in his right knee, the team reinstated speedster Emilio Bonifacio from the disabled list.
Bonifacio sprained his left thumb on May 18, and he had surgery to repair a torn ligament on May 25. When he went down, he paced the big leagues with 20 steals in 21 attempts.
"That's going to be my home run, stealing bases," said Bonifacio, who hasn't hit a home run all season.
Without Stanton, the Marlins will be looking to run more.
"We need him because he's a spark for the team," manager Ozzie Guillen said of Bonifacio. "To see him in uniform, a run to first base is fun. I think since Boni left, our stolen base situation wasn't very good. I think everybody kind of shut it down."
When Bonifacio was healthy, the team stole 45 bases, and they've had 34 since he went on the disabled list.
"Hopefully Boni brings his running game to the ballclub, and it becomes contagious and we start running," Guillen said.
Bonifacio will be wearing a protective brace over his left hand when he gets on base. If the brace doesn't fit in his back pocket, he may just have first-base coach Gary Thurman hold it.
"I just want to see how my hand is going to be, and that everything is all right," Bonifacio said. "I'm ready to go."