July 28, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio (1) runs down the first baseline during a game against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The knee sprain, suffered while making a throw to the plate in the first inning Tuesday night, sends Bonifacio to the disabled list for the third time this season. The injury is unconnected to his two previous stints to the DL, which were for a left thumb sprain.
Manager Ozzie Guillen told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that Bonifacio could very well miss the remainder of the season as there is no point in risking further injury with a quick return:
"If we're not going anywhere, why are we going to take a chance for him to get hurt again, to go to Minor League rehab and do all kinds of stuff to come back?" Guillen said.
The 27-year-old utilityman is hitting .258/.330/.316 with a lone home run on the season. Left-handed reliever Dan Jennings was called up to take Bonifacio's roster spot prior to the second game of the Marlins' doubleheader yesterday, but was optioned back to Triple-A following the game.