Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/5/12

Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio was scheduled to see a hand specialist Monday, two days after going on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb, which will give the Marlins an indication of how soon he might return.

Bonifacio left the second game of Friday's doubleheader in the ninth inning after jamming the thumb while diving for a ball. But X-rays were negative and showed no damage to the surgery he had May 25 to repair a torn ligament in the same thumb.

Bonifacio, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday, returned to Miami where he will be examined Monday by the doctors who performed his May surgery.

"Maybe he just strained the ligament,'' said manager Ozzie Guillen. "He will be out for 15 days, hopefully no more than that."

When Bonifacio left the game Friday night, Guillen said everyone on the team thought his season was over.

"Hopefully he does (return)," Guillen said, "because this kid is the soul of this ball club. This kid can bring a lot of great things to the ball club, not just on the field but off the field with his teammates, the way he goes about his business. Hopefully it's just a few weeks."

Infielder Nick Green was recalled from Class AAA New Orleans. He bounced out as a pinch hitter Sunday in his first at-bat since 2010 with Toronto.

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