Bonifacio set to begin rehab stint Wednesday

Bonifacio set to begin rehab stint Wednesday

Bonifacio set to begin rehab stint Wednesday
MILWAUKEE -- Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich will likely be playing another position for about a week. That's because center fielder Emilio Bonifacio is tentatively set to begin his rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on Wednesday.

Bonifacio, on the disabled list since May 20, is lined up to play for the Hammerheads beginning on Wednesday when they face the Palm Beach Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said on Monday that the hope is Bonifacio will get some rehab assignment games and come off the disabled list on July 13, the first day after the All-Star break.

The Marlins will be at home that day, opening a series against the Nationals.

"If everything comes out the way we think, he should be coming back after the All-Star break," Guillen said. "He's going to rehab first."

Bonifacio sprained his left thumb after jamming it on second base on a stolen base attempt at Cleveland. An MRI exam revealed a ligament tear that required surgery on May 25.

A few days ago, the speedster was cleared to return to full baseball activities. He plans to wear a protective brace when he is on base.

Jupiter's roster features Yelich, the club's first-round Draft pick in 2010. He's been playing mostly center field, but can also play corner outfield.

Also next week, reliever Edward Mujica (broken right pinky toe) is expected to pitch in rehab assignment games at Jupiter. Mujica was placed on the DL on Saturday.

Juan Carlos Oviedo is slated to begin playing Minor League games on Saturday, which is 16 days before he is eligible to end his six-week suspension.

Oviedo, formerly Leo Nunez, has dealt with legal issues and a league suspension stemming from issues related to playing with a false identity.

Oviedo is eligible to play for the Marlins on July 23, when the team is at home against Atlanta. Per league rule, he can begin playing Minor League games 16 days before his suspension is lifted.