Bonifacio expects to return on first day eligible

Bonifacio expects to return on first day eligible

MIAMI -- When Emilio Bonifacio made a diving attempt at Michael Morse's infield single last Friday against the Nationals, the Marlins' second baseman thought his season was over.

The speedy, aggressive Bonifacio reinjured his surgically repaired left thumb and landed on the disabled list for the second time this year. He feared the worst.

"On that play, I thought I was done for the season," Bonifacio said. "I was really hurt."

But after an MRI exam revealed he only has a sprain in the thumb, Bonifacio is confident he will see the field again this year. He is eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 19, and he doesn't anticipate being sidelined longer than that. When he does return, he doesn't plan on changing his aggressive approach to the game despite the two injuries to his thumb.

"That's part of the game, and anyone can get hurt," Bonifacio said. "The first time, I decided to have surgery because I didn't want to be playing at half [speed]."