Rafael Furcal closer to rehab

Updated: June 20, 2011, 9:47 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 4 with a strained left oblique, took a major step forward in his recovery on Monday, fielding ground balls, throwing across the diamond at full strength and taking right-handed batting practice without discomfort.

If Furcal is comfortable taking left-handed batting practice by the end of the week, he will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment on Monday.

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