Marc Weinreich
Friday May 25th, 2012

Miami Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio will have thumb surgery on May 25 and is expected to miss four to six weeks. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Miami Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio, who leads the league in stolen bases, will have surgery on his thumb May 25 and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks, according to Juan Rodriguez, the Marlin's beat writer for the Sun Sentinel.

Bonifacio sat out the Marlins May 19 game in Cleveland  because of what the Indians doctors called a sprained thumb. At that time, the doctors said Bonifacio would not need surgery.

Paul Severino of MLB Network tweeted minutes after the news that the Marlins recalled Kevin Mattison  in the wake of Bonifacio's absence. The team had drafted Mattison in the 28th round of the 2008 draft. https://twitter.com/SeverinoMLB/status/205753999259992068

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