Posted: 5:05 pm Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
By Joe Capozzi
No one in the Marlins clubhouse was shocked to hear that Emilio Bonifacio was named the National League Player of the Month for July.
Boni batted .380 (38-for-100) in 26 games to lead all NL hitters for the month. He hit in all but one game in Juoly as part of his 26-game hitting streak that started June 28.
He led the majors with a .466 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases and tied for the MLB lead with 27 runs.
“When you look at the way our ballclub has responded lately, he has been one of the keys. He just gives us that little bit of energy,” manager Jack McKeon said.
“He has become a better hitter because he is much more patient at the plate. He has a guy who has a chance to hit .300 eventually because of his speed.”
Hanley Ramirez flew back to South Florida today to have an MRI on his sprained left shoulder. The MRI results confirmed the initial sprain. He remains day to day.
Manager Jack McKeon is optimistic that Hanley will play some time during the four-game series against the Cardinals that starts Thursday at Sun Life Stadium.
“If I had to believe what the trainer told me, I would feel he is going to get into the Cardinals series, somewhere,” McKeon said.
“I could be wrong but that’s my gut feeling right now. If he gets the MRI and they say nothing there, he’ll probably get back sooner. He wants to play. A couple of days (off) will help.”
Hanley left Wednesday’s game in the sixth inning after he hurt the shoulder when he dived on the outfield grass trying to catch Angel Pagan’s single…
Josh Johnson resumed htis throwing program today, playing catch at 60 feet for 5 minutes. He reported no discomfort afterward, and he will play catch again on Friday…