Bonifacio went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's 14-6 win over the White Sox. Bonifacio took starter Derek Holland deep on a third-inning solo shot, then drove in another run with a single in the sixth before coming around to score later in the frame. The rookie right fielder's career high for home runs at any level was 19 in 134 games for Triple-A Omaha last year, but he's taken his power numbers to a new level with 15 long balls in just 88 games with the big club.
Bonifacio is starting in right field and batting sixth Sunday against the White Sox. The recent acquisition of Melky Cabrera has significantly cut into Bonifacio's playing time. Sunday will mark the rookie's first start in four games and just his third in the last eight contests. Bonifacio has struggled since moving to a reserve role, so plugging him into fantasy lineups Sunday is a questionable decision.
Bonifacio, who had started nearly every game since he was called up April 21, is adjusting to a reduce role caused by the acquisition of Melky Cabrera, Wilson Alexander of MLB.com reports. Bonifacio admitted it's been difficult transitioning out of a starting role, but the youngster also said he isn't hanging his head. "It's kinda tough," Bonifacio said. "I try to be ready for whatever opportunity I get. I don't put it in my mind if I'm not playing today. I don't cool down. I prepare every day like I'm playing." The 24-year-old hit 14 home runs entering Friday, fourth-most among AL rookies. He'd reached base in 32 of his previous 35 games, including a 22-game on-base streak, which was the second longest such run by a rookie in Royals history. Despite the outfielder's success he's now the odd man out, and his fantasy value should reflect such.
Bonifacio is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles. With Melky Cabrera taking over an everyday role in right field, Bonifacio will head to the bench for a second straight game as the Royals seem content to stick with Brandon Moss at DH for the time being. The 24-year-old should still see some at-bats, but it looks as though he'll play second fiddle to Moss for the time being.
Bonifacio is not in the lineup Monday against the the Orioles. Bonifacio will head to the bench as Melky Cabrera makes his Royals debut in right field. Brandon Moss is starting at DH for the contest, though Bonifacio is expected to split time with him there moving forward.