Bonifacio (illness) recorded a sacrifice fly in a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Bonifacio was unavailable Tuesday due to flu-like symptoms, but looked to be back in his regular role Wednesday after picking up an RBI in the 8-4 victory. He hasn't made a start since May 10, and is 2-for-18 as a pinch hitter this season.
Bonifacio will not be available Tuesday against the Blue Jays because he is dealing with flu-like symptoms, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Bonifacio was even told to stay back at the hotel in case he's contagious. He has mainly been used as a pinch hitter recently, and given he's batting just .179 this season, it won't be much of a loss for the Braves. It's unclear how long the illness will keep him away from the team, though more should be known before Wednesday's contest.
Bonifacio has two hits in 18 at-bats to begin 2017. Bonifacio sees the bulk of his playing time as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement during the late innings of ballgames. Once a threat on the basepaths, the 32-year-old stole only two bases over the previous two seasons. In 2016, Bonifacio hit .211 over 43 plate appearances.
The Braves selected Bonifacio's contract from the minors Sunday. It was revealed days earlier that Bonifacio won an Opening Day gig, so his addition to the 40-man roster was merely a procedural move. Bonifacio is expected to serve in a depth role in the outfield and at second base, likely offering most of his value as a pinch runner off the bench.
Bonifacio has been told he will make the Opening Day roster, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The veteran utility man hasn't officially been added to the 40-man roster yet, but Bonifacio seemed assured of a job after Micah Johnson (wrist) got hurt, leaving the Braves without any other viable options in camp to handle center field behind Ender Inciarte. Bonifacio's playing time will likely be limited, but if he does work his way into the starting lineup he could become a cheap source of steals.
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