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64 Emilio Bonifacio CF
Height/Weight: 5-11/205 | Birthdate: 4/23/1985 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,600,000 | Owned/Started%: 43/13 | Average Draft Position: 224.07
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Start a good sign for Emilio Bonifacio


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/22/2014) After missing more than a month with a strained oblique, Cubs utility player Emilio Bonifacio came off the DL Tuesday. But the bigger news for Fantasy owners is that he started his first game back. With Arismendy Alcantara now up in the big leagues and Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano crushing it in recent weeks, his starting role was less than assured.

And frankly, it still is. Bonifacio's start Tuesday was against a left-hander, Eric Stults, and the switch-hitter entered the day batting .362 against lefties compared to just .230 against righties. Given that Chris Coghlan, who bats left-handed, was out of the lineup Tuesday, this could have the makings of a platoon.

As an everyday player, Bonifacio's steals potential and versatility would make him a nice find in Rotisserie leagues. As a part-timer, he's nothing more than waiver fodder.

If you need steals, you certainly have nothing to lose by making a move for him now, but understand he's hardly an open-and-shut case.


Emilio Bonifacio activated off DL Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Cubs activated infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. 

Bonifacio finished a seven-game rehab assignment in the minors, splitting time between the Arizona League (rookie) and Double-A Tennessee. He hit .269 (7 for 26) with one walk, four strikeouts, one stolen base and two runs.


Emilio Bonifacio moving rehab assignment to Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) had his rehab assignment transferred from the Arizona League (rookie) to Double-A Tennessee Wednesday. Bonifacio hit .300 (3 for 10) with one walk, one stolen base, one run and two strikeouts in three games with the AZL Cubs.

Emilio Bonifacio begins rookie-league rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio began a rehab assigment with the organization's Mesa Rookie League team Friday, going 3 for 4 at the plate.

Bonifacio has been sidelined sicne June 12 while recovering from an oblique strain. He has hit .261/.307/.340 with 13 stolen bases in 241 at-bats.


Cubs taking cautious approach with Emilio Bonifacio


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) has not begun baseball activities since being placed on the disabled list June 14, per MLB.com. 

"He's feeling better. He's not feeling any discomfort anymore," manager Rick Renteria said. "He's doing some exercises, lower extremity exercises, some movement exercises, but we're still waiting to see in the end once the strength starts coming back and what we'll do on how we'll proceed with him."


Emilio Bonifacio has an oblique strain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio is dealing with a right oblique strain, according to ESPN.

Bonifacio was initially placed on the disabled list with a rib issue, but an MRI revealed an oblique strain. It's unclear how long he'll be out due to the injury. Bonifacio is hitting .266/.311/.344 over 241 at-bats.


Cubs activate Ryan Sweeney, place Emilio Bonifacio on DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) The Cubs activated outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the 15-day disabled list and placed infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day DL with right rib cage inflammation, the team announced.

Emilio Bonifacio heading to disabled list with rib issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio is heading to the disabled list due to a rib injury. 

Bonifacio had to be removed from Thursday's game due to the issue. He was not in the team's starting lineup Friday, and will be placed on the disabled list. The club has not announced Bonifacio's specific injury at this time. 


Emilio Bonifacio sitting out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio was not in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Phillies.

Bonifacio had to be removed from the club's game Thursday due to a rib injury. He'll be replaced by Ryan Sweeney in center. Bonifacio is hitting .266/.311/.344 over 241 at-bats.


Emilio Bonifacio exits game with rib cage injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio was forced out of Thursday's game against the Pirates because of a right rib cage injury, MLB.com reports.

Bonifacio grounded out to short in his first at-bat but never left the batter’s box due to the injury. He fell down in pain and was helped off the field. He was replaced by Chris Coghlan in the opening frame. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against Philadelphia.

Emilio Bonifacio gets the night off


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio was not in Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates. Bonifacio is not hurt; he went 1 for 9 in the first two games of the series and is merely getting a night off.

In 239 at-bats, Bonifacio is hitting .268/.314/.347 with 29 runs scored and 16 RBI.


Emilio Bonifacio smacks 11th career home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio was able to put one over the fences for just the 11th time in his career, leading his team to a 5-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday.

Bonifacio took Randy Wolf deep for a two-run shot in the third inning for his lone hit of the afternoon. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and four RBI. He is hitting .265 with one home run and 16 RBI in 226 at-bats.

Emilio Bonifacio getting a shot at third


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio will start at third base for the first time this year Saturday.

Bonifacio has played 131 career games at the position, but has not filled that role with the Cubs yet. Through 199 at-bats, Bonifacio is hitting .271/.319/.352.


Hitters to sit in Week 9


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/24/2014) Thinking about starting Derek Norris, Garrett Jones, Emilio Bonifacio, Kyle Seager, Erick Aybar or Seth Smith in Fantasy Week 9 (May 26-June 1)? You may want to think again.

Find out why in my latest Start and Sit Hitters column.


Emilio Bonifacio comes back down to earth


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/21/2014) In standard Rotisserie leagues, the true steals specialists are scarce enough that when you have one in your possession, you don't give it away for free. But in all those other formats, Emilio Bonifacio sure seems like a waste of a roster spot.

In his last 24 games -- or more than half the season so far -- he's batting .242 (23 for 95). Yeah, he was batting .366 before then, so a regression was inevitable, but get this: Despite reaching bases 28 times during that stretch, he has just two stolen bases.

Apart from 2011, when he hit .296, Bonifacio hasn't been a great source of batting average in his career. And though we hoped this season would be another exception to the rule, he could be valuable even if it isn't. But only if he runs consistently.

So he's eligible at both second base and outfield. Great. Both positions are deep enough that in leagues where you start only one and three, you can do much better than Bonifacio.


Emilio Bonifacio scores five runs vs. Cardinals Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio was a regular across the plate Monday, going 4 for 5 with a career-high five runs in his team's 17-5 win over the Cardinals.

Bonifacio crossed the plate on a passed ball in the first inning, on a home run in the second, on a fielder's choice in the fourth, on a double in the sixth and on a groundout in the ninth as the Cubs racked up 20 hits in the win. He has hit .312/.362/.377 with 22 runs and 11 stolen bases in 138 at-bats.


Emilio Bonifacio gets a day off


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Emilio Bonifacio, who's tied for third in the NL with nine steals, is not in the Cubs' lineup against the Brewers. Bonifacio is getting a regular day off.

MLB hit leader Emilio Bonifacio gets day off Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

The major-league leader in hits and stolen bases, Bonifaco has yet to get a day off while hitting .435/.480/.500 with nine runs scored and seven stolen bases in 46 at-bats. He's just 1 for 8 over his last two games, however. A Swiss Army knife defensively, Bonifacio already has six appearances at second base, six in center field, two at third base and one at shortstop for the Cubs.


Emilio Bonifacio still scorching for Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Those anticipating a slide from Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio are still waiting. What is perceived as an inevitable slump has still not happened.

Bonifacio has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats, which actually lowered his average to a National League-leading .500. It's no wonder he has been placed in the leadoff spot, where he has thrived. Bonifacio has scored eight runs in the last seven games and is tied for the major league lead with five stolen bases.

The 28-year-old Bonifacio has batted over .261 just once in a seven-year career in which he has served mostly as a reserve.


Emilio Bonifacio stays hot with five hits Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio followed up a 4-for-5 season debut by going 5 for 7 with one walk, one run and two steals while batting leadoff in his team's 4-3, 16-inning loss to the Pirates Wednesday.

Bonifacio has been scorching hot over his first two games, and as a result, he could go hitless in his next 18 at-bats and still own a .300 average. He's making a strong case for receiving regular playing time moving forward.


Emilio Bonifacio tabbed as Cubs leadoff hitter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) The Cubs will go with Emilio Bonifacio as their leadoff hitter Monday.

Bonifacio will get the start out in center field, which allows both Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney to get into the lineup. Bonifacio joined the club in February, and is expected to play a big role with the team this year.


Cubs manager could play matchups at second base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Darwin Barney remains the team's starting second baseman, but his playing time might be reduced as Renteria looks for favorable matchups at times. Luis Valbuena and Emilio Bonifacio are both options to see playing time at second base.

"I think as we go into the season, we have certain guys who we’re going to put into a particular position and the second day you might see a different lineup," Renteria said, per The Chicago Tribune. "The reality is the matchups we have and are looking at throughout the course of the season will determine how we use all our guys.

"I’m fortunate enough to have the flexibility with guys and matchups and different scenarios that could occur during the course of a season. I have the ability to do that with them. I want to put them in the best position to have success."


Darwin Barney set to start season at second base


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria compared Emilio Bonifacio's role as an utility man to Chone Figgins. He also declared Darwin Barney as the opening day starter at second base.

Barney posted a .208/.266/.303 slash line with seven homers and 41 RBI in 141 at-bats in 2013.

Cubs signing of Emilio Bonifacio could doom Darwin Barney


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) The Cubs have signed free agent second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who had cleared waivers this week after his release from Kansas City. His signing to a minor league contract endangers the starting position of 2013 disappointment Darwin Barney.

Bonifacio has also regressed since a fine season in 2011. He bottomed out last year, batting just .243 with 31 RBI and a whopping 103 strikeouts in 420 at-bats. He did rack up 28 stolen bases.


Emilio Bonifacio reaches free agent status


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) Shortstop Emilio Bonifacio has cleared waivers and is a free agent, per SB Network. Bonifacio, who reportedly will not accept a minor league contract, was recently released by the Royals.

The 28-year-old has deteriorated at the plate and on the bases since peaking at .296 with 40 stolen bases with Miami in 2011. He bottomed out in 2013 by batting .243 with a career-low .295 on-base percentage.