JUPITER, Fla. -- They might be in a Class A rehab assignment, but a couple of Marlins faced big league pitching on Thursday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
Emilio Bonifacio (left thumb sprain) and Donnie Murphy (left hamstring strain) are getting in playing shape while playing for the Jupiter Hammerheads.
The pitching assignment they drew on Thursday was against Twins right-hander Carl Pavano, a former Marlin who is on a rehab stint with the Fort Myers Miracle. Pavano, on the disabled list since June 4 with a strained right shoulder, pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits.
The switch-hitting Bonifacio played center field, and Murphy was at shortstop.
Both Miami players are scheduled to be reinstated on Sunday, their first day eligible to return. Barring any setbacks, they will be ready for the Marlins' series finale in Colorado.
Bonifacio reached on an error and struck out against Pavano, but he delivered a two-run double and Murphy had a run-scoring single in a 11-run Hammerheads fourth inning. Jupiter had fallen behind by seven runs in the first inning. Murphy tested the hamstring in the sixth inning with a triple.
Bonifacio and Murphy will play on Friday for the Hammerheads at Bradenton, and that will be their final rehab game. They are scheduled to fly to Denver on Saturday in anticipation of being activated.
"My timing is pretty good," Bonifacio said. "It doesn't look like I was out. It was just a week and a half. I feel pretty good."
Bonifacio injured his thumb on Aug. 3, in the second game of a doubleheader in Washington. He was playing second base and jammed his thumb while attempting to make a diving backhanded stop on Michael Morse's infield single.
Initially, the Marlins feared Bonifacio would be out longer, perhaps the rest of the season. On May 18, the speedster initially injured the thumb while attempting to steal second base in Cleveland.
He tore a ligament in the thumb, and on May 25, he underwent surgery, where two pins were inserted.
Bonifacio is batting .261 with 30 steals in 61 games.
Murphy tweaked his hamstring on Aug. 3 in the first game of the doubleheader against the Nationals. Murphy, who is expected to play third base on Friday, hit safely in his last five games with the Marlins before his injury.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.