Bonifacio held out of Cubs lineup

July, 30, 2014
7/30/14
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio has been held out of the lineup Wednesday in anticipation of a possible trade.

“With all this stuff that’s going on we found it prudent to hold off to see how it shakes out,” manager Rick Renteria said before the Cubs played the Colorado Rockies.

Bonifacio, 29, is likely to be traded after proving he’s healthy since coming back from an oblique strain earlier this month. He’s hitting .400 in eight games since missing time from June 13 to July 20.

Sources familiar with the situation say there are no less than five teams interested in the versatile Bonifacio. Seattle, San Francisco and Baltimore are among teams reportedly interested.

After playing second base and center field most of the season, Bonifacio has started at third base in the first two games of the series this week against the Rockies. He’s hitting .279 with two home runs and 18 RBIs overall. He had four hits -- including a game tying home run -- in a 16-inning, 4-3 Cubs win on Tuesday.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” Bonifacio said. “I can’t worry about that stuff.”

Renteria said he wasn’t “anticipating” a deal but reiterated they would let things “shake out” while keeping Bonifacio on the bench. The non-waiver trade deadline is Thursday at 3 pm CT.

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Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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