Bonifacio could lead NL in steals despite time on DL

Bonifacio could lead NL in steals despite time on DL

DENVER -- Center fielder Emilio Bonifacio has had two tours on the disabled list, the second of which ended Sunday. He has missed significant time this season -- and yet, still has a chance to lead the National League in stolen bases.

Bonifacio has missed 60 games, including 46 when he initially went on the disabled list with a left thumb sprain that required surgery and the insertion of two pins in the thumb. That injury sidelined him from May 19-July 13, and Bonifacio again sprained the thumb Aug. 3 and missed 14 games.

Nonetheless, he entered Sunday with 30 stolen bases, which is a close second in the league. The Braves' Michael Bourn leads with 32 stolen bases. Bonifacio said it was "unbelievable" he is that close, and to lead the league in that category would be a meaningful achievement.

"With stolen bases, I can help the team win a ballgame," Bonifacio said. "Plus it's part of my game."

Bonifacio stole a career-high 40 bases last year when he tied for second in the league with Cameron Maybin, Drew Stubbs and Matt Kemp behind Bourn (61).