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Rafael Furcal to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

Apr 14, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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The Marlins signed veteran infielder Rafael Furcal over the winter with the idea of using him as their starting second baseman, but he suffered a left hamstring injury during spring training and was forced to begin the season on the disabled list. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, he’ll begin his road back to the majors tonight when he starts a minor league rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter.

Furcal only got 18 at-bats during Grapefruit League play, so the Marlins plan to have him stay in the minors for the maximum allotment of 21 days. That would set him up to be activated on May 6 against the Mets. Derek Dietrich and Jeff Baker will continue to share playing time at second base until he’s ready.

Furcal, 36, missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He hit .264/.325/.346 with five home runs, 49 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 121 games with the Cardinals in 2012.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    With the Feesh well on their way to losing their eighth straight game tonight and already watching the strange attractor redshift to a pinprick in the firmament, Furcal can and should take his full 21 days. By the time he gets to Macondo Banana Massacre Field, this year’s iteration of the Scrooge McLoria bargain basement team will be the rest of the division’s vinyl doll.

    • 4d3fect - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      The undead shall rise again

      • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        They won’t smell many brains in this team’s front orifice.

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