Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Furcal still days from returning
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal is at least several days from returning to the active roster after trainer Stan Conte decided not to push Furcal's running program past about 85-percent intensity. Furcal continues to experience discomfort in his strained left hamstring whenever he tries to run full speed.
Conte said Furcal won't even try to run full speed for a while. Furcal will need at least one more minor-league rehabilitation game before coming off the 15-day disabled list, something club officials originally hoped would happen last Friday.
Furcal played two games with high Single-A Inland Empire last week, just before he became eligible for activation Thursday. He originally injured the hamstring running out a double-play grounder in the first game of a doubleheader at New York on April 27, and he hasn't played in a major league game since.
Right-hander and Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla threw about 20 pitches off a bullpen mound on Tuesday, the first time he has done so with any level of intensity since being put on the 15-day disabled list April 25 because of a nerve problem at the top of his right forearm.
Padilla isn't expected to be activated until around the middle of June because he will need at least three bullpen sessions before being sent on a minor-league rehab assignment, and once he is sent on such an assignment, he will need at least three starts.
Ownership report denied
A person close to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt denied an Internet report that McCourt actually has two previously undisclosed limited partners who share ownership of the club.
"Frank McCourt is 100 percent the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as confirmed by Major League Baseball," said Howard Sunkin, a senior vice president with the McCourt Group and a former director of government relations for the Dodgers.
The story, which was posted by AOL Fanhouse and cited documents from the couple's divorce, said there were two limited partners "who provided loans to help the McCourts finalize their purchase of the club in 2004." The story identified one of those alleged limited partners as electronic-equipment executive Franklin Weigold.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.