Dodgers quiet on Furcal
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have stayed quiet on whether they'll place shortstop Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list because of the mild left hamstring strain that has sidelined him for most of the last week.
The move appears likely, though, because Furcal doesn't appear to be 100-percent healthy, which means the Dodgers will be operating a player short if they don't replace him on the roster.
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Furcal was expected to try some physical activity during the team's off-day on Monday in a last-ditch attempt to avoid the DL. He hasn't played since last Tuesday, when he injured himself running out a double-play grounder in the opener of a doubleheader against the New York Mets.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti didn't respond to a request for an update on Furcal. A member of the Dodgers' public relations staff said there would be no information on Furcal until manager Joe Torre meets with the media before Tuesday night's game with Milwaukee.
Infielder Chin-lung Hu, the player most likely to be promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque if Furcal goes on the DL, was missing from the Isotopes' starting lineup at Memphis on Monday night. A public relations representative for the Redbirds said about 30 minutes before game time that Hu had been seen at the ballpark earlier in the day.
As Furcal left the Dodgers' clubhouse after Sunday's 9-3 win over Pittsburgh, he playfully said to a member of the media, "See you in two weeks.'' But even if Furcal were to be shelved, he would be eligible to return in time for the opener of a three-game series at San Diego on May 14.Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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