by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio doubled, homered, stole a base, drove in two runs and scored three times in Sunday's 12-4 rout of the Red Sox.
Bonifacio hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his first home run since July 23, 2012. Bonifaco entered play Sunday 4 for his last 47 at-bats (.085), which spanned 20 games (13 starts).
Emilio Bonifacio finally using his legs
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/7/2013) Just when you were about ready to give up on Blue Jays utility player Emilio Bonifacio, he goes and steals three bases in two games. He didn't even attempt a steal in his first 25 games, which is downright embarrassing for a player whose only asset is his legs.
But I think I have a halfway decent explanation for it. Bonifacio doesn't walk, and he's off to a horrible start with the bat. Yet he has a disproportionate number of extra-base hits. Despite having reached base only 15 times on his merits, he has seven doubles and one triple.
Still, because stealing is all he brings to the table, you'd like to see him take off at least a couple of those times he wound up at first base. Maybe the coaching staff finally spoke up and these last two games are the start of Bonifacio salvaging his value in deeper Rotiserrie leagues.
Emilio Bonifacio steals first two bases
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Emilio Bonifacio didn't record a hit on Sunday during a win over the Mariners. He did steal two bases, however.
Bonifacio, who hit two fielder's choice grounders to reach base, stole his first two bases of the season. Otherwise, he was 0 for 4 with a strikeout and is batting just .162.
Bonifacio hasn't recorded a base hit since April 27 and has just two over his last 10 appearances.
Emilio Bonifacio wakes up with two hits
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) After going hitless in his previous eight games, Emilio Bonifacio broke out of his slump Saturday. He went 2 for 4 with a single and a double in the Blue Jays' 5-4 loss to the Yankees.
Bonifacio is batting .190 with four RBI and seven runs scored, but he has yet to steal a base.
Emilio Bonifacio missing from Toronto lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Blue Jays infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio has been noticeably absent as of late from the team's starting lineup. After starting 13 of the first 14 games, Bonifacio hasn't started four of the last five, including all three games against the Yankees over the weekend.
Bonifacio appeared in two of the games against the Yankees, but remains mired in a 1-for-16 slump. Bonifacio is batting .192 (10 for 52) through 17 games. He also has no stolen bases after totaling at least 30 in each of the previous two seasons.
Emilio Bonifacio's lack of steals a concern
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/17/2013) If you drafted Emilio Bonifacio, you likely did so expecting bunches and bunches of steals. Other than multi-position eligibilty, that's really all he brings to the table.
So far, he has zero steals. Worse yet, he's attempted zero steals -- and that's while starting 13 of the Blue Jays' 14 games.
Maybe with only four singles and one walk on the season, he just hasn't gotten enough chances, but for him to be the Fantasy option you want him to be, even at a relatively weak position like second base, he needs be running just about every time he reaches first base.
It was a problem for him early in his career with the Marlins, so we'll see if it continues.
Emilio Bonifacio bats leadoff, starts in RF
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013)Emilio Bonifacio, who started eight games at second base and hit ninth in eight games, played right field for the Blue Jays and batted leadoff Saturday against the Royals. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in a 3-2 win.
It was his first time playing right field since Sept. 15, 2011.
Bonifacio is hitting .225 (9 for 40) through 10 contests with three RBI and zero stolen bases.
Emilio Bonifacio posts multi-hit game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Blue Jays infielder Emilio Bonifacio returned to the starting lineup and made his presence felt Friday against the Royals.
Bonifacio doubled in a run in the second and the sixth as he finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in an 8-4 victory. The 27-year-old, who enjoyed his second multi-hit game of the season, is hitting .250/.250/.444 through his first 10 games.
Emilio Bonifacio given Thursday off
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio is not in the starting lineup Thursday.
Manager John Gibbons explained that Bonifacio has struggled defensively lately, and will be given a day off. He said that he's not worried about Bonifacio recovering from the early defensive struggles. Bonifacio should return to the lineup Friday.
Emilio Bonifacio could see time in outfield
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) The Blue Jays could be preparing to give second baseman Emilio Bonifacio time in the outfield this year.
"I anticipate he (Bonifacio) will get some action in the outfield as well...if we want to give Colby (Rasmus) a night off for instance against a lefty we could put him in center," manager John Gibbons told the Toronto Sun Thursday.
Bonifacio has played every inning of the Blue Jays' first three games at second base while potential platoon partner Maicer Izturis fills in for the injured Brett Lawrie at third.
Emilio Bonifacio doubles in Jays debut
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Toronto second baseman Emilio Bonifacio began his season in the No. 9 spot in the order in a home game against the Indians Tuesday. He ended up picking up one of the four hits the Blue Jays could muster against Justin Masterson and the Tribe.
Bonifacio doubled off Masterson and finished the game 1 for 3 to start the year at .333. The 27-year-old won the starting second base job this spring by hitting .271 with two homers, seven RBI and eight stolen bases.
Emilio Bonifacio wins battle for second base
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Blue Jays infielder Emilio Bonifacio has won the starting second base job by default, reports MLB.com. With Brett Lawrie beginning the year on the disabled list, the Jays will use a combination of Maicer Izturis and Mark DeRosa at third base.
Izturis was expected to split time at second with Bonifacio, who will now get to concentrate on playing every day at second for as long as Lawrie is out.
Bonifacio is batting .308 this spring with two home runs, six RBI and eight stolen bases over 52 at-bats. He's earned the starting job at second.
Emilio Bonifacio homers as part of three-hit day
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013)Emilio Bonifacio blasted his second home run of the spring as part of a 3-for-4 day against the Orioles Wednesday. Bonifacio added a pair of singles to elevate his spring average to .326.
Bonifacio is currently in a battle for the Blue Jays' second base job (or perhaps a share of the job) with Maicer Izturis. Izturis went 1-for-2 with a double in Wednesday's game, raising his average to a mere .225.
Toronto skipper coy on 2B favorite
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Toronto manager John Gibbons said Maicer Izturis and Emilio Bonifacio are playing well this spring, reports the National Post. But the skipper would not say which one he believes will be the regular second baseman for the Blue Jays come opening day. In fact, he might not select one at all.
"It could turn out that we won't say, 'Hey this guy's our second baseman this year.' We can just use them both," Gibbons said.
He added: "Or we could name one guy the primary guy."
When pressed, Gibbons said he couldn't name a leader at the moment. Izturis is batting .229 this spring with six RBI and no stolen bases over 35 at-bats. Meanwhile, Bonifacio has gone .282 over 39 at-bats with a home run, four RBI and six steals.
Bonifacio still vying for job
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/12/2013) MLB.com reports Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he's still deciding whether Maicer Izturis or Emilio Bonifacio will be the team's starting second baseman. "It's going to come down to the wire, and we may end up playing both of them a lot there," Gibbons said Tuesday. "They're both having really good camps and they're both proven big league players." Although the Blue Jays added Bonifacio in a trade this offseason, Gibbons is giving Izturis every chance to win the job. "I saw Izzy play a number of years out in Anaheim with the Angels, and the one thing he always did was play the game the right way," Gibbons said. "If you needed to do something on the field -- get a runner over, bunt, big hit, have a great a bat, make a great play on defense -- whatever it is, he always does the right thing. I've seen him do really well in the past, so we can expect him to be a big boost and do those things for us."
Bonifacio eyeing second base
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/16/2013) Though Maicer Izturis entered spring training as the early favorite to win the starting job at third base, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio told MLB.com that he remains optimistic of his chances with a strong performance in camp. "That's the position I've been playing my whole career, until the last three years I've been playing everywhere," Bonifacio said.
Bonifacio, Jays agree on terms
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (1/18/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported on Friday that the Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio, avoiding arbitration. Bonifacio was part of the mega-deal that netted the Blue Jays half of the Marlins' starting lineup.