VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal sprained his left ankle Thursday when he collided with teammate Jason Repko after catching a fly ball in short center field but doesn't figure to miss much playing time.
"I thought I had broken it, but I'm glad it's only sprained," a relieved Furcal said after the Dodgers lost to the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 behind Steve Trachsel's six shutout innings."I was relieved with the results. I had a similar injury in 2002 with the Braves in spring training," Furcal said. "I may be out four or five days. I could play if it's 80 percent. You don't always play at 100 percent -- sometimes you play hurt."Stan Conte, the Dodgers' director of medical services, said he believes Furcal will be sidelined for about a week."We're very thankful that it wasn't more serious than what it was," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "Hopefully, he'll get back out there in a much shorter period than we thought initially."Corey Patterson opened the game by hitting a fly ball to short center. Furcal and Repko both went for the ball, and after Repko dove for it, Furcal made the catch, leaping over the center fielder. But he landed awkwardly, and immediately grabbed his ankle.Furcal was carted off the field with a trainer holding his ankle in place and taken to a nearby hospital, where X-rays were negative.Repko also had to leave the game, straining his left hamstring while diving for a ball in the third -- an injury that appears more serious than the one to Furcal. He was hurt while going after a ball hit over his head, sliding on the warning track and hitting the fence.Repko iced his hamstring, received further treatment and will undergo an MRI on Friday."I was on a dead sprint. My right foot planted in the grass, and left foot hit the soft dirt," he said. "I didn't really dive, it just gave out."Repko missed time earlier this spring with a groin injury, and was sidelined for 2 1/2 months last year with a sprained left ankle.Nick Marsakis homered twice and had four hits for Baltimore.Trachsel, who had struggled in prior starts, blanked the Dodgers on two hits while walking two and striking out one. Jeremy Guthrie pitched two innings and Todd Williams one to complete the four-hitter."I'm pretty close," Trachsel said. "The curveball's still a little loopy. I'll be OK as long as I stay down in the zone. The changup has been good all spring, which isn't normal for me. It's nice to go out there and have a couple of easy innings for a change. There are little things you can work on without making pitches."Trachsel joined the Orioles this year after winning 15 games for the New York Mets last season.Starter Brett Tomko, a candidate for the No. 5 spot in the Los Angeles rotation, allowed six hits and six runs in four innings.Besides his two homers, Marsakis singled and tripled and drove in four runs. Miguel Tejada had two doubles and two RBI for the Orioles, who battered reliever Joe Mays for five hits and two runs in three innings.