MIAMI -- Emilio Bonifacio has not played in more than a month, but he expects to learn more about when he can play again in the near future.
Bonifacio, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 20, is recovering from a left thumb sprain. The speedy center fielder is scheduled to see the doctor on Tuesday to get a better idea of when he will be able to return to action.
The switch-hitting Bonifacio took dry swings from both sides of the plate and felt no pain. He has not been cleared to take swings off a tee yet, but hopes to begin doing so after seeing the doctor on Tuesday.
Bonifacio has done a lot of running and throwing, but he has not done any catching yet. The 27-year-old believes there will be no issues once he is allowed to resume all baseball activities.
The Marlins suggested Bonifacio use a guard when he returns to action to prevent injury in the future. Bonifacio, who injured his thumb while trying to steal second base, obliged and will wear a specially fitted guard once he is cleared to play.
The guard will be similar to the ones many players are wearing when they run the bases. Bonifacio asked fellow Dominican speedster Rafael Furcal to send him a picture of his guard, because he says that style is more comfortable than the bulkier models that require straps to keep them in place. Bonifacio described Furcal's model as something similar to a glove that can be pulled on and off.