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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Furcal returns from bereavement list

By Ramona Shelburne

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal returned to the lineup Wednesday after the death of his father Sunday. Furcal had been on bereavement leave since last Thursday.

Furcal started at shortstop and batted leadoff for the Dodgers in Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Angels.

"We talked and initially I said 'Let's see how you feel and maybe we'll put you in later,' " Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Then we just decided if he feels good enough to go out there, then we'll take what he can give us at the top end and if he needs a little help later then we'll give it to him.

"I think he was ready to come back and we'll see how he does."

His first action showed he might not be all the way back. Furcal went 0-for-4 and committed two errors in the Dodgers' 2-1 loss.

Furcal had been hitting .302 in 21 games since returning from the disabled list May 25, before he went on the bereavement list.

Torre said he wasn't focusing on how the missed time will affect Furcal's production.

"We've got to take what he gives us," Torre said. "The fact that he was in a good streak before he left, hopefully he can fall back into it."

Furcal's father died about a month after being kicked in the chest by a horse on the family farm in the Dominican Republic. He sustained internal injuries that became infected and were too severe from which to recover.

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for