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Marlins' Bonifacio out 4-6 weeks with thumb injury

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Miami Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio will have surgery on Friday to repair a ligament in his left thumb, and he will be sidelined four to six weeks, MLB.com reported.

Bonifacio leads the Major Leagues in stolen bases with 20, and he injured the thumb while sliding headfirst on an attempted steal last Friday.

The Marlins placed Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, and he initially believed he would need on those 15 days to recover. However, a second MRI revealed a torn ligament, necessitating surgery.

Besides his 20 steals, Bonifacio is batting .268 this season, with a .351 on-base percentage and 19 runs scored. He has no home runs..

The Marlins are short on outfielders, because they also placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. Kevin Mattison was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Kearns.
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