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Diving play leaves Omar Infante with fractured middle finger

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JULY 20: Omar Infante #13 of the Flordia Marlins looks on during batting practice before a game against the San Diego Padres at Sun Life Stadium on July 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

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Omar Infante’s diving attempt at a ground ball with the bases loaded yesterday was unsuccessful and left the Marlins second baseman with a fractured right middle finger.

Infante initially remained in the game, but was eventually replaced by Wes Helms and is bound for the disabled list. However, manager Jack McKeon is hopeful that Infante “can come back in a short period of time.”

Infante’s double-play partner, Hanley Ramirez, is already day-to-day with a shoulder injury, so the Marlins are suddenly very thin in the middle infield. Emilio Bonifacio started at shortstop yesterday and Helms, who’d never played an inning at second base before this week, spent half the game there after replacing Infante.

Prior to the injury Infante was having a sub par season, hitting just .274 with three homers and a .674 OPS after three straight years with a mark above .750. The man he replaced at second base, Dan Uggla, has a .709 OPS for the Braves despite hitting below .200 until his recent hot streak.