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Rehabbing Bonifacio cleared to hit, play catch

MIAMI -- Nothing has changed in the timeline for his return, but Tuesday was a crucial day for Emilio Bonifacio.

The Marlins center fielder was examined and cleared by a team physician to increase his baseball activities.

"He gave me the green light to start hitting and play catch," Bonifacio said.

Bonifacio is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The injury occurred in Cleveland on May 18, and he's been on the disabled list since May 20.

On Tuesday, Bonifacio began hitting off a tee. He also put a glove on and played catch. The injury is to his glove hand.

In recent days, Bonifacio had taken practice swings.

The hope is to have him back after the All-Star break. The Marlins come out of the break on July 13 at home against the Nationals.

"I don't want to be rushed back," Bonifacio said. "I'm feeling great."

MIAMI -- Nothing has changed in the timeline for his return, but Tuesday was a crucial day for Emilio Bonifacio.

The Marlins center fielder was examined and cleared by a team physician to increase his baseball activities.

"He gave me the green light to start hitting and play catch," Bonifacio said.

Bonifacio is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The injury occurred in Cleveland on May 18, and he's been on the disabled list since May 20.

On Tuesday, Bonifacio began hitting off a tee. He also put a glove on and played catch. The injury is to his glove hand.

In recent days, Bonifacio had taken practice swings.

The hope is to have him back after the All-Star break. The Marlins come out of the break on July 13 at home against the Nationals.

"I don't want to be rushed back," Bonifacio said. "I'm feeling great."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.