Emilio Bonifacio out for four to six weeks as he undergoes thumb ligament surgery - MLB Update
The Miami Marlins suffer a serious dent to their progress, as centre-fielder Emilio Bonifacio will no longer be part of the line-up, for at-least four to six weeks. Thumb ligament surgery he has to go through will take some time before rendering him in a
position to assume responsibilities on the plate.
Already the Marlins are struggling to draw many hits from their offence. With an injury of a hitter who holds a .269 career batting average and 95 RBIs, things are going to get worse.
Reports about his lengthy outage from the season came at a time when Austin Kearns, their out-fielder, was put on 15-day disabled list. This compounded problems for the Marlins.
With two hitters absent, bulk of the responsibility will fall on Omar Infante and Giancarlo Stanton. While they have been doing great job on their part, even best of the performances cannot guarantee victories for the Marlins, under the given situation.
Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen is confident that team can survive successfully even with injuries to some players. Calling these instances as inevitable part of the season and no club is immune in this regard, he is looking forward to move forward and never
lose sight of real goals.
"We have to have confidence in the guys we've got," Guillen said. "You wish you had the same guys. (But) you look around baseball and nobody goes through the season with the same 25 guys. There's always going to be injuries."
Bonifacio maintained that going through surgery was the right step.
Even without it, it will have taken almost the same amount of time to return, Bonifacio stated while defending his decision about surgery. Premature come back will have been counter-productive, he elaborated.
"Four to six weeks, that's what they say," Bonifacio said. "It's something I can't control. I decided to fix it now. I'd be playing kind of scared (if surgery wasn't performed and he tried to play through it)."
Time has reached where resilience of the Marlins’ offence is going to be tested thoroughly. Their success under injury constraints will be what can make the Marlins a great club.
The manager will be hoping that hitters understand the burden of extra-responsibilities now and will carry them out professionally.