Bonifacio Likely Headed to the DL, Sweeney Expected Back on Friday

According to multiple reports following Thursday’s game, Emilio Bonifacio is on his way back to Chicago to be examined by team doctors to determine the severity of the injury he suffered to his right rib cage.

Emilio Bonifacio had to be helped off the field by trainer P.J. Mainville following an at bat in the first inning of Thursday’s game. Bonifacio rolled Edinson Volquez’s second pitch to short and he never made it out of the box. Replays showed Bonifacio grimacing as he swung the bat. Bonifacio collapsed and was in obvious pain as he lay on the ground. P.J. Mainville had to help Bonifacio to his feet then off the field and into the clubhouse.

A short-time later, the announcement was made that Emilio Bonifacio left the game with a right rib cage injury. The Cubs will likely place Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day DL with a right oblique injury prior to Friday’s game.

Ryan Sweeney is expected to catch up with the team in Philadelphia and is likely to be activated from the 15-day DL. Sweeney has been on the disabled list since May 3 with a right hamstring strain. Sweeney had a setback in his rehab a couple of weeks back. Sweeney reported Monday to Kane County to begin a rehab assignment. Sweeney went 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout in two rehab games. Sweeney was in the Cougars’ starting lineup for Thursday’s game in Peoria but was pulled from the lineup prior to game time just after Bonifacio had to be helped off the field.

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