Rafael Furcal battling wrist injury

Updated: April 9, 2011, 9:15 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal is battling a left wrist injury he suffered on a checked swing during the team's recent two-game series in Colorado, manager Don Mattingly revealed before Saturday's resumption of Friday night's suspended game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Mattingly's plan was for Furcal to play the rest of the suspended game, then sit out the regularly scheduled game. It isn't clear whether Furcal will play Sunday.

"It shouldn't be a long-term thing," Mattingly said Saturday. "It's just a matter of rest, and hopefully, he will be ready to go tomorrow."

Furcal was lifted for a pinch hitter in top of the 10th inning of the suspended game.

Furcal initially thought the off day on Thursday would be enough to alleviate the problem, but he felt it again during Friday night's game. The switch-hitting Furcal said his wrist hurts whenever he tightens his left hand on the bat handle and that he feels it from both sides of the plate, but that it is more acute from the left side because his left hand is the top hand when he hits left-handed.

"I don't want to be in there hurting the team," he said.

Furcal was hitless in his first four at-bats of the suspended game and is 1-for-12 with a walk through the first two-plus games of this eight-game trip. Although the Dodgers have struggled to score runs -- they have scored 20 in six games plus eight innings this season -- Mattingly said he wasn't concerned about having Furcal in the leadoff spot even if his swing is being hindered by the wrist problem.

"Honestly, I don't even think of it like that," Mattingly said. "I don't really look at our offense as really struggling. There have been days when we have scored enough to win and days when we have pitched pretty good and days when we haven't. I think our offense is going to be fine. We are going to score enough runs to win."

At the time that Friday's game was suspended, Furcal was hitting .208 (5-for-24) for the season, including .071 (1-for-14) from the left side, where the majority of his at-bats will come. Overall, he had a .240 on-base percentage.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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