In the first at bat of the game last night, Emilio Bonifacio grounded out to short. He never left the batter’s box, however, as he fell to the ground immediately on his swing. He looked to be in serious pain as he clutched his side, and the Chicago Cubs later revealed it was a rib cage injury for Bonifacio.
Although he’ll presumably be getting some tests to further diagnose and confirm the injury, Bonifacio seems likely to head to the disabled list later today. Hopefully the injury was not serious, and he can be back after a couple weeks. On the year, Bonifacio is hitting .267/.313/.346 while splitting time between center field and second base. He’s been worth 1.0 WAR so far, and is a free agent after this season. If he returns in time, there’s a chance he could be a trade piece for the Cubs in late July.
In Bonifacio’s place, if he does go to the disabled list, outfield Ryan Sweeney seems a pretty good bet. Sweeney has been rehabbing a hamstring injury, and was scratched last night at Kane County shortly after the Bonifacio injury. That’s not a guarantee that he’s being called back to Chicago, but the timing certainly suggested it.