MIAMI -- With a void at second base after the Marlins shipped Omar Infante to Detroit in a five-player trade Monday, the Marlins are turning to Emilio Bonifacio to fill the gap.
Bonifacio started at second base Tuesday for the second straight day -- and just the fourth time all season -- and the team hopes to keep him there for the foreseeable future.
"It depends on how the outfield swings the bat, but most of the games Boni is going to be our second baseman," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Bonifacio is no stranger to the infield, having played 113 games between second, third and shortstop during his first year with the Marlins in 2009. Last season, he split time between the outfield and the infield, but played a combined 108 games in the infield.
"Wherever Ozzie wants to put me ... I told him before I don't have a problem with it," Bonifacio said.
Part of the decision to keep Bonifacio, who started 47 games in center field, at second is to maintain continuity at the position and have Bonifacio and shortstop Jose Reyes get used to each other in terms of fielding and turning double plays.
"[Monday] we gambled," Guillen said. "Boni hasn't taken ground balls in three months, but we have to do what we have to do."
With Bonifacio moving to second, Justin Ruggiano will get most of the starts in center field, where he has started 19 games, including Tuesday, since the Marlins acquired him at the end of May. Scott Cousins and Bryan Petersen, who was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, are also available to play center field, while the Marlins will likely platoon right field until Giancarlo Stanton returns from knee surgery.
If Guillen decides that players aren't producing in right field while Stanton is sidelined, Ruggiano can play right and Bonifacio can move back to center. In that situation, Donovan Solano -- who Guillen said he nearly started at second base on Monday -- will see more playing time at second.