Bonifacio could be headed back to center field

Bonifacio could be headed back to center field

Bonifacio could be headed back to center field
MIAMI -- Emilio Bonifacio's stint at second base could be short-lived.

After a second thumb injury for the Marlins speedster, manager Ozzie Guillen said the team would re-evaluate whether to move Bonifacio back to center field, where he started 47 games this season before filling the void at second when Omar Infante was traded to the Tigers on July 23.

Bonifacio started 14 games at second base before he sprained his left thumb while making a diving attempt at a Michael Morse infield single Aug. 3 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Nationals. The Marlins initially thought Bonifacio would be done for the season, but tests showed the thumb, which he had surgery on in May, was only sprained.

Because Bonifacio has suffered two injuries to the same thumb, Guillen thinks a shift back to center field could be the safest move.

"We got to go through 30 different minds of people that have different opinions," Guillen said about the pending decision. "To me, I think when you got an injury -- a hand injury -- and you play second base, you got to tag, you got to go cover, you got to turn double plays, you got to come in, come to the sides. You have a better chance to get hurt at second base than any place else."

While a move back to center field is possible for the rest of this season, Guillen wouldn't speculate as to which position Bonifacio will play beyond this year.

"We'll see next year how that works, but right now I think we have to be careful what he's doing," Guillen said.

Bonifacio has been on the disabled list since Aug. 4, and he is eligible to be reinstated Aug. 19. Guillen said Bonifacio's recovery is on schedule, and the speedster will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days before rejoining the team when it travels to Colorado on Thursday for a four-game set. Bonifacio is able to come off the DL for the finale of that series.