Father of Dodgers SS Furcal dies

Updated: June 20, 2010, 11:09 PM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

NEW YORK -- Rafael Furcal's father died in the early hours of Sunday at a medical center in the Dominican Republic where he remained hospitalized for three weeks after being kicked in the chest by a horse.

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Furcal said his father, Silvino, died after complications from surgery.

The Los Angeles Dodgers had placed shortstop Furcal on the bereavement/family emergency list before Thursday's series finale with the Cincinnati Reds.

Furcal returned to his home in the Dominican Republic to be with his father.

Furcal's father was buried Sunday at Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic, where most of the Furcal family lives. Furcal will travel Tuesday to Anaheim, where the Dodgers start their series against the Angels, but it is not certain whether he will be available to play that day.

"The best I can do is play ball as soon as possible to forget everything that has happened in the last few hours," Furcal told ESPNdeportes.com in a telephone interview.

To take his roster spot, the club recalled infielder Chin-lung Hu from Triple-A Albuquerque. Hu is with the big-league club for the first time this season.

A relative told ESPNdeportes.com that Silvino Furcal died around 2 a.m. ET.

Silvino Furcal suffered serious internal damage after being kicked by a horse that was being saddled in the family farm.

Enrique Rojas covers Major League Baseball for ESPNdeportes.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

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