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Bonifacio to return exclusively as center fielder

Bonifacio to return exclusively as center fielder

Bonifacio to return exclusively as center fielder
DENVER -- Emilio Bonifacio will come off the disabled list Sunday and rejoin the Marlins as a center fielder. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Bonifacio only will play that position for the balance of the season and not play second base, where there is a greater chance of injury to Bonifacio's surgically repaired left thumb.

"Right now, we're leaning for him to be back in the outfield for a lot of reasons," Guillen said. "We're going to try to prevent injuries from now on. When he heals completely, we might change our mind and move him back to second base. The idea right now is to get him some at-bats and help us a little more, I think less risk is going to be in the outfield."

After having a chance to fully heal in the offseason, and with the benefit of six weeks of practice in Spring Training, Guillen said the Marlins might have Bonifacio play second base.

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"I like him better in the outfield," Guillen said, "I've seen him more in the outfield than at second base. That's why I'm saying this. He plays pretty good outfield. Second base, when we put him there, remember we brought him from center field without taking ground balls, nothing."

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