Bonifacio expects to return on first day eligible
Thumb injury not as bad as initially feared; speedster targets Aug. 19
MIAMI -- When Emilio Bonifacio made a diving attempt at Michael Morse's infield single last Friday against the Nationals, the Marlins' second baseman thought his season was over.
The speedy, aggressive Bonifacio reinjured his surgically repaired left thumb and landed on the disabled list for the second time this year. He feared the worst.
"On that play, I thought I was done for the season," Bonifacio said. "I was really hurt."
But after an MRI exam revealed he only has a sprain in the thumb, Bonifacio is confident he will see the field again this year. He is eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 19, and he doesn't anticipate being sidelined longer than that. When he does return, he doesn't plan on changing his aggressive approach to the game despite the two injuries to his thumb.
"That's part of the game, and anyone can get hurt," Bonifacio said. "The first time, I decided to have surgery because I didn't want to be playing at half [speed]."
LoMo expects to have season-ending surgery
MIAMI -- Logan Morrison doesn't think he'll be seeing the field again this season.
While no official decision has been made, the Marlins left fielder expects to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a tear in the patellar tendon of his right knee.
Morrison, who has been on the disabled list since July 29 with knee inflammation, met with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., while the Marlins were on their 10-game road trip. Steadman recommended Morrison put off surgery and try resting and rehabbing the knee for three weeks before being reevaluated, but told the 24-year-old that the tendon won't heal itself and he will need to undergo the surgery eventually.
Steadman's was the second opinion Morrison received on the matter. Team doctor Lee Kaplan said Morrison might require surgery, but should wait the three weeks before making a decision. Either way, Morrison said, it's not a good sign.
"I just know how my knee feels, and I know it doesn't feel good," Morrison said. "I want to be healthy again; I don't want to have any pain in my knee. That would be great. If one of the best knee doctors in the world says that I'll need surgery, then it's probably a good indication, especially when Kaplan says I might need surgery."
The surgery will require a rehab period of four-to-six months, but Morrison said if he has it in September, he should be ready in time for Spring Training next season.
Morrison had a tear in his right patellar tendon last year and underwent the same corrective procedure in December. Despite the surgery, the knee did not properly heal.
The knee has been a hindrance all season to Morrison, who has appeared in 93 games. Morrison, whose future with the team is likely at first base, is hitting .230 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs.
"Same exact thing [as last year]," Morrison said. "It's very frustrating -- very, very frustrating. It's probably my fault for trying to play through it, but you live and you learn, I guess."
With streak over, Reyes gets to rest sore hand
MIAMI -- Jose Reyes put together a career-best 26-game hit streak before watching it get snapped Thursday. With the streak now behind him, the Marlins' shortstop was finally given a breather.
Reyes was out of Miami's lineup Friday against the Dodgers in order to rest his sore right hand. Reyes has dealt with the soreness since Aug. 3, when he jammed the hand -- between his index finger and his thumb -- during an at-bat against Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez in the second game of the teams' doubleheader.
Reyes, who hadn't missed a game since April 27 against Arizona, said the swelling in the hand was down Friday, and he expects to be back in the lineup Saturday. Nick Green got the start at shortstop for the Marlins on Friday.
"He's fine," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of his star shortstop. "This is just prevention. It's fine to play. I just don't want him to get worse and miss that many days."
With Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the series opener, Guillen wanted to avoid having the switch-hitting Reyes hit right-handed. However, Guillen said Reyes would be available to pinch-hit from the opposite side of the plate if necessary.
"The guy pitching [Friday] is pretty good, and we can't lose Reyes," Guillen said. "If Reyes got jammed again or something bad, we can't lose him for a couple days."
Giancarlo Stanton was back in the lineup and batting cleanup Friday night after being given the day off Thursday to rest his right knee. Guillen said the Marlins will continue to be cautious about how they handle the All-Star slugger's playing time, but hopes the day of rest helped out.
"Hopefully he carries on from where he left off in New York," Guillen said. "He swung the bat pretty good over there, and now we have to be careful with him, monitor how he's going to play, how we have to play him."
Tom Green is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.