Bonifacio caught for first time, sprains thumb
Speedster's streak of 112 straight games could end Saturday
CLEVELAND -- Emilio Bonifacio's string of 112 straight games played is in jeopardy.
The Marlins center fielder sprained his left thumb on Friday night, and he will know more on his status after being examined by a physician on Saturday morning.
"Boni is just a little tender," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We're going to wait day to day to see what he has. The spot is very sensitive. We have to wait to see where he is tomorrow."
Bonifacio's games played streak is the third longest among active players in the National League. Bonifacio's 112 straight games trails Joey Votto (165) and Michael Bourn (129).
The fleet-footed center fielder entered Friday having missed just two innings in Miami's first 38 games. But in the top of the fifth inning against the Indians at Progressive Field, Bonifacio injured his left thumb after being caught stealing for the first time this year.
"It kind of hurts right now," said Bonifacio, who had the thumb wrapped and secured with a brace before leaving the ballpark. "We'll just wait to see how it's going to be tomorrow. Right now, I can't move my hand. I can't grip my bat."
Bonifacio singled off Justin Masterson to open the fifth inning. He attempted to steal second, but he was thrown out by catcher Carlos Santana. On his headfirst slide, Bonifacio's thumb jammed into the bag.
Bonifacio is batting .268, and his 20 steals are the most in the Majors.
Bonifacio had been successful in his first 20 steal attempts before Santana got him in the fifth. Dating to last year, Bonifacio had stolen 21 straight bags, which is a club record.
Bryan Petersen is the likely choice to play center field if Bonifacio needs a few days off.