Dodgers' Furcal lands on DL with lower back strain

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday retroactive to May 6 because of a lower back strain.

The Dodgers said Furcal received a cortisone shot Tuesday and would rejoin the team this weekend in Anaheim, where they face the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game interleague series.

The club purchased the contract of infielder Luis Maza from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Furcal's spot on the roster and transferred infielder Tony Abreu from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Maza, a career minor leaguer, was hitting .402 (51-for-127) with seven doubles, three triples, and 26 runs scored for Las Vegas. Maza, from Venezuela, came up in the Minnesota Twins' organization and was signed by the Dodgers last year.

Furcal, a switch-hitter, is the National League's third-leading hitter with a .366 average. He's eligible to come off the disabled list May 21.