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Friday, June 3, 2011
Rafael Furcal hurt, likely bound for DL

By Tony Jackson
ESPNLosAngeles.com

CINCINNATI -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal, who already spent six weeks on the disabled list this season with a broken left thumb, appeared to be headed there again on Friday night, just 12 days after he was activated. Furcal suffered what appears to be a left-oblique strain on a second-inning rundown play during the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

"That's the way it sounded," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said when asked whether Furcal is going back to the DL.

Oblique injuries generally take about a month to heal, meaning the Dodgers, whose offense seems to struggle to scratch out runs whenever Furcal isn't at the top of the lineup or isn't producing, will have to find a way to survive without him for a while longer.

Furcal hurt himself after taking a pickoff throw from catcher Dioner Navarro when Reds right fielder Jay Bruce wandered too far off second base. Bruce then broke for third, and Furcal threw to third baseman Casey Blake, who tagged out Bruce. It was on that throw that Furcal injured himself.

Mattingly said the Dodgers will promote an infielder from the minor leagues before Saturday's game with the Reds. Veteran infielder Juan Uribe, who has considerable experience at shortstop in his career, is presently on a minor league rehabilitation assignment at advanced Class A Rancho Cucamonga and is tentatively scheduled to be activated Monday, but he isn't eligible for activation until Sunday.

The only infielders on the 40-man roster who aren't already in the majors or on the disabled list are Ivan DeJesus and Russell Mitchell, and Mitchell is a corner guy. Neither DeJesus nor Mitchell were pulled early from Triple-A Albuquerque's game at Memphis on Friday night, but Memphis is a short flight from Cincinnati.

Furcal left the ballpark before reporters reached the clubhouse after the game. Trainer Stan Conte said through a team spokesman that no tests have been scheduled so far.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.