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UPDATE: Rafael Furcal won’t need surgery for thumb; out 4-6 weeks

Apr 12, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

Giants third baseman Sandoval is unable to tag out Dodgers baserunner Furcal during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco

UPDATE: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said earlier tonight that Rafael Furcal‘s broken thumb won’t require surgery, but that he’ll still be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

8:48 AM: The Dodgers shut the Giants down yesterday, but now it looks like their shortstop is going to be shut down too: Rafael Furcal broke his left thumb sliding into third base in the fifth inning. He stayed in the game until he was pinch-hit for in the seventh, but he said that he knew it was broke as soon as it happened.

Frucal has had a number of injuries in recent years, including a recently-aching wrist, back problems, and hamstring problems.  This one is going to put him on the shelf for six weeks.

Furcal hadn’t started hitting yet — he was five for his first 26 to kick off the season — but this is a pretty big loss for the Dodgers. Last year he hit .300/.366/.460 in 96 games. Jamey Carroll, who has started the season off with a hot bat, will take his place.  Carroll is no spring chicken — he’s my age for cryin’ out loud — so the Dodgers may soon make a move for some infield depth.  In the short term, however, they’ll probably call up Ivan De Jesus, Jr. from Albuquerque.

  1. dodger88 - Apr 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    If Carroll holds up like last year, he’ll fill the role nicely and hopefully bat second in the line-up with Gwynn leading off (until he turns back into a pumpkin). I’d like to think that Uribe will turn things around but I doubt Blake is going to be healthy enough to handle more than 4-5 games a week on the high end, which means Loney’s poor performance is crucial. Prospect Jerry Sands hit his third HR for AAA Albuquerque last night……

  2. lanflfan - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Already time for Furcal’s annual April injury? He brings a lot to the game, but his glass jaw (or thumb, or hamstring, or ankle, or …) is tiresome. This could open the door, permanently, for young DeJesus, Jr this year. Hoping it’s only six weeks, but I doubt it.

  3. larryhockett - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Here’s hoping they rush Dee Gordon up this year. He’ll hit .215 and steal 85 bases (and commit the same number of errors).

  4. purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:03 AM

    Furcal hitting the old DL again is hardly news; JD Drew, slide on down a bit, will ya? Oh, and JD, how’s that painful hangnail of yours healing?

    Hey! I had a great idea. I want to fly Butterball (aka PNC Parks fat loud mouthed drunken “likes to fight guy”), into LA for the next Giants series and dress him head to toe in Giants garb before taking him out to Dahyears Stadium. I’ll have stenciled in small Spanish letters on his back just above the name plate on his BONDS jersey: “Arrest or shoot and deport all illegal aliens”.

    Then me and the boys will get him really good and liquored up tailgating in nearby Elisian Park before the game and give him a seat smack dab in the middle of the left field pavillion and wait for the fun to erupt! (LOL!).

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