Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 7 Days

Bonifacio is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Bonifacio has worked his way into the starting lineup for six of the last seven games, but will take a seat Wednesday for what looks to be a regular day off. With Andrelton Simmons back in action for the Braves, there's also one less infield spot available for the utility player to take over. Bonifacio is 8-for-31 at the dish with three steals since coming over to Atlanta.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 11 Days

Bonifacio will start at shortstop and bat eighth Saturday against the Nationals.

The last of Bonifacio's 81 career starts at short came back in 2011, but the Braves will be forced to turn to him to man the position Saturday with Andrelton Simmons battling an ankle injury. Simmons is facing the possibility of a DL stint, but it sounds like the team could bring up prospect Jose Peraza to play short in his absence, meaning Bonifacio would remain in a utility role.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 14 Days

Bonifacio played left field and hit leadoff for the Braves on Wednesday, going 1-for-5 with a run against the Mariners.

He brings a .319 OBP to the table, which dwarfs that of B.J. Upton (.281 OBP), who is the Braves typical leadoff hitter (eighth in the lineup Wednesday). The snag here is that Bonifacio was able to play left field Wednesday because the Braves were playing in Seattle, so Justin Upton was able to slot in at designated hitter. Once the Braves go back to playing National League parks, it's quite possible Bonifacio could move to a utility role.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 21 Days

A source tells Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that the Royals aren't close to a deal for Emilio Bonifacio.

Bonifacio was on hug watch after his name was absent from a delayed Cubs starting lineup, and the Royals were reported as his expected destination. It still could happen, but right now there doesn't seem to be a ton of fire there. Bonifacio and his .279/.318/.373 line remain likely to be moved before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 21 Days

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Giants are interested in Emilio Bonifacio.

Both clubs are looking for help against left-handed pitching, and Bonifacio is sporting an OPS over 1.000 from the right side of the plate this season. He's being paid $3.5 million this year and will be a free agent this winter and shouldn't cost a whole lot.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 23 Days

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Emilio Bonifacio is "drawing interest."

It makes sense, as Bonifacio isn't part of the Cubs' long-term plans and he could be valuable on a contending team as a utility player. The speedster is batting .271/.312/.353 with 14 steals over 68 games this season. Heyman says that the Cubs also figure to shop left-handed relievers James Russell and Wesley Wright.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 29 Days

Cubs activated INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day disabled list.

Darwin Barney has been designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move. Bonifacio has been sidelined since mid-June with a strained right oblique and will return to a .261/.307/.340 batting line to go along with 13 steals and 29 runs scored over 61 games.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 1 Month

Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) has transferred his minor league rehab assignment to Double-A Tennessee.

Bonifacio went 3-for-10 with a walk and a run scored in three rehab games with the Arizona League Cubs. He should be ready to rejoin Chicago's active roster next week. The speedster has been on the disabled list since June 13 because of a strained right oblique.

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 1 Month

Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) has gone 3-for-6 at the plate in his first two rehab games with the Arizona League Cubs.

He was the DH on Friday before playing second base Saturday. Cubs manager Rick Renteria wouldn't reveal a timetable for Bonifacio's return, but it shouldn't be long provided that he feels good. ''That's something that we need to make sure that we're mindful of because intercostals and all those types of injuries can be chronic over the long haul - they can reoccur,'' Renteria said. ''We're going to take it as slowly as we have to or as quickly as we have to. It just depends on how he's moving along.''

Emilio Bonifacio 2B/3B.. ATL 2 Months

Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) has yet to resume baseball activities.

Bonifacio has been on the disabled list for a week and a half due to a strained right oblique, and it appears that he hasn't made much progress. Obviously, a return when he's first eligible on Saturday isn't going to happen.