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PHILADELPHIA -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal was placed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing more stiffness in his injured back during his pregame workout on Tuesday, during which he took ground balls for the first time since being sidelined a week ago.
The move was made retroactive to Aug. 3, the day after Furcal left a game against the San Diego Padres because his back stiffened up on him.
"It was a little stiff," Furcal said as he left the clubhouse following the Dodgers' 15-9 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
A corresponding move won't be announced until Wednesday, but the Dodgers are expected to purchase the contract of veteran infielder Juan Castro, whom they signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 27, shortly after he was released by the Phillies. Castro, who is 4 for 14 in five games with the Isotopes, was double-switched out of their game against Fresno on Tuesday night in the second inning.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre insisted Furcal hadn't suffered a setback. But the Dodgers had played a man short for the past week in hopes of avoiding placing him on the DL, a move that would mean losing him for at least 15 days. But with Furcal still not ready to return and knowing he will be eligible to be activated on Aug. 18 against the Colorado Rockies, the decision was made to shelve him.
"With a week invested and a week to go, it was probably smarter to do this," Torre said. "We talked about it during the game and just decided this was the smart thing to do."Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.