UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen expects Bonifacio to land on the disabled list.
1:33 PM: Emilio Bonifacio is out of the Marlins’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Indians after leaving last night’s game with a strained left thumb. The speedy center fielder suffered the injury when he was thrown out trying to steal second base in the top of the fifth inning.
Bonifacio is listed as day-to-day for now, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he was sent for an MRI and is currently awaiting the results. Bryan Petersen will start in his place in center field this afternoon.
Bonifacio, 27, is hitting .268/.351/.315 through 170 plate appearances this season and currently leads the majors with 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He’s way out in front of the competition at the moment, as Astros’ center fielder Jordan Schafer ranks second in the majors with 13 stolen bases.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.