MIAMI -- Emilio Bonifacio has not played in more than a month, but he expects to learn more about when he can play again in the near future.
Bonifacio, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 20, is recovering from a left thumb sprain. The speedy center fielder is scheduled to see the doctor on Tuesday to get a better idea of when he will be able to return to action.
The switch-hitting Bonifacio took dry swings from both sides of the plate and felt no pain. He has not been cleared to take swings off a tee yet, but hopes to begin doing so after seeing the doctor on Tuesday.
Bonifacio has done a lot of running and throwing, but he has not done any catching yet. The 27-year-old believes there will be no issues once he is allowed to resume all baseball activities.
The Marlins suggested Bonifacio use a guard when he returns to action to prevent injury in the future. Bonifacio, who injured his thumb while trying to steal second base, obliged and will wear a specially fitted guard once he is cleared to play.
The guard will be similar to the ones many players are wearing when they run the bases. Bonifacio asked fellow Dominican speedster Rafael Furcal to send him a picture of his guard, because he says that style is more comfortable than the bulkier models that require straps to keep them in place. Bonifacio described Furcal's model as something similar to a glove that can be pulled on and off.
Marlins give Dobbs another start at first base
MIAMI -- Greg Dobbs had a big day on Sunday, and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen rewarded the veteran with another start at first base on Monday.
Dobbs went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs against the Blue Jays while filling in for Gaby Sanchez at first. The 33-year-old's success at the plate was part of a nine-run offensive explosion that helped the Marlins snap a six-game losing streak.
"You're not going to change a lineup, unless there is a lefty pitching or something like that, the day after you score nine runs," Guillen said. "I think if we continue to play like this, then this is the lineup we're going to keep."
Dobbs is batting .291 with a home run and 16 RBIs over 102 at-bats this season. Sanchez is batting .195 with two home runs and 16 RBIs over 174 at-bats. The Marlins have also used Logan Morrison and Austin Kearns at first base at times this season.
The Marlins' offense has struggled in June, scoring five runs or fewer in every game prior to Sunday's 9-0 victory over the Blue Jays. The previous time the Marlins scored over five runs was on May 25 against the Giants.
"Right now, I don't think anybody should be asking for playing time," Guillen said. "I would have a lot of [nerve] to go ask for playing time if I was playing the way they're playing."
While Guillen did not say that Dobbs is his new first baseman going forward, he did suggest that he will play whoever is having success.
"I think Dobbs is swinging the bat better, and with the way we played yesterday, everyone should be back in the lineup," Guillen said. "That's the reason we did it. If we win today, we'll see the same lineup [tomorrow]. If we continue to win, then in the games we have left, that's going to be the same lineup. I'm going to put the guys in that I think have the best chance to win the game for us."
Solano gets reacquainted with Cardinals
MIAMI -- Donovan Solano will see a lot of familiar faces over the next three days.
Solano spent the past six years as a member of the Cardinals' organization before signing with the Marlins in the offseason. Now he will face off against many of the closest friends he has made as a professional baseball player.
"It's always good to see those guys," Solano said. "I have a lot of good friends over there that I have known for years."
During batting practice, Solano received several hugs and handshakes from Cardinals players and coaches. Yadier Molina and Jon Jay were just two of the many who were excited to see him.
"A lot of them congratulated me on getting to the big leagues," Solano said. "They said they're happy to see me find success, because they know how hard I always worked when I was there. Sometimes you need to go to another team to make it to the Majors, and they are happy that I finally made it. They told me to keep working hard, because only good can come of it."
Solano, who is batting .364 over 33 at-bats this year, was happy to see his former teammates, but he knows that they become "the enemy" once they take the field.
"Seeing them gives me a little more motivation to go play," Solano said. "We can be friendly before and after, but once the game starts, they become the opponent and I will have the mentality that I need to do whatever I can to help the Marlins beat them."
David Villavicencio is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.