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Rafael Furcal | Shortstop

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/24/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 197
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with High-A Jupiter.
Furcal logged just 18 at-bats during Grapefruit League action prior to injuring his left hamstring, so the Marlins plan to give him a full three weeks on his rehab stint. That means he won't be activated until May 6. Derek Dietrich and Jeff Baker will continue to fill in at second base for now. Apr 14 - 4:45 PM

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Rafael Furcal (hamstring) could begin playing in extended spring training games on Monday.

Furcal has been performing baseball activities for a bit and is now nearly ready for game action. He had just 18 Grapefruit League at-bats before injuring his left hamstring and is expected to require as many as three weeks of rehab games. A return around the beginning of May seems likely for Furcal.
Apr 10 - 6:24 PM

Rafael Furcal (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with High-A Jupiter.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond told MLB.com's Joe Frisaro on Saturday that Furcal will likely spend three weeks playing in minor league games. Which means he won't be back until late April. The veteran is expected to take over as the Marlins' starting second baseman once he's deemed fit for major league action.
Apr 5 - 4:51 PM

Marlins placed 2B Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with left hamstring discomfort.

Furcal has been bothered by hamstring discomfort since mid-March and simply isn't back to 100 percent yet. He'll be eligible to return on April 6, but the Marlins might want to see him get some more at-bats before activating him. Derek Dietrich and Jeff Baker will fill in at second base for now.
Mar 30 - 9:16 PM

Rafael Furcal (hamstring) is expected to open the 2014 regular season on the 15-day disabled list.

The Marlins can back-date the stint so that he's eligible to return the second week of April. Furcal has been bothered since mid-March by left hamstring discomfort. Derek Dietrich is likely to make the Marlins' 25-man roster to help out in the early going at second base. It's a position to ignore this year in fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 10:35 AM

Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will play defense in a minor league game Wednesday.

Furcal, sidelined for over a week with a left hamstring injury, has been limited to DH duty in minor league games in recent days. There's still a chance he could be ready for Opening Day, but he's cutting things very close.
Mar 26 - 11:34 AM

Rafael Furcal (hamstring) went 1-for-6 with a walk as the designated hitter Tuesday in a minor league game.

Furcal, sidelined for over a week with a left hamstring injury, also reportedly "ran decently." He's not ready to play in the field yet, so a stint on the disabled list still appears likely. Derek Dietrich, Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas are the alternatives to play second base.
Mar 25 - 2:40 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that it's "appearing more likely" that Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will begin the season on the disabled list.

Furcal played in a minor league game in the DH spot Monday, but he's running out of time to get ready for the opener. If a DL move is indeed needed, it could be backdated in order to allow Furcal to return as soon as April 5. "I don't want to play one day and take five days [off]," Furcal said. "They know. Everybody knows. We have a lot of good guys who can start. But I don't want to be on the field and not be able to do something because of my hamstring. No excuse." Derek Dietrich, Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas are options at second base for the Marlins if Furcal isn't ready.
Mar 24 - 7:50 PM

Rafael Furcal (hamstring) is scheduled to play in a minor league game on Monday in Marlins camp.

Furcal has been sidelined for over a week by a left hamstring injury, but the Marlins are holding out hope that he will be ready for the first game of the regular season. The oft-injured veteran infielder is expected to start at second base this summer for Miami. He is a bad fantasy option.
Source: MLBlogs
Mar 24 - 10:21 AM

Rafael Furcal will test his injured hamstring by running the bases on Saturday.

If all goes well, he'll return to the Marlins lineup in the coming days. The veteran infielder is still expected to begin the season as the Marlins starting second baseman, but he remains a poor fantasy option and is unlikely to keep himself off the disabled list.
Mar 22 - 10:23 AM

Rafael Furcal was lifted for a pinch-runner in the third inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game due to a tight hamstring.

It's the same injury that Furcal has been battling all week, and Furcal indicated that it wasn't a big deal. He's expected to return to the Marlins lineup in a day or two.
Mar 15 - 3:14 PM

Rafael Furcal (hamstring) is hoping to return to the lineup Saturday.

Furcal tweaked his left hamstring Monday. There's no reason for the Marlins to push the veteran, and he should be fine as long as he avoids a setback.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mar 14 - 3:07 PM

Rafael Furcal is day-to-day with a tweaked left hamstring.

Furcal suffered the injury Monday in a Grapefruit League game. He should be back in action by the end of this week and is on track to open the 2014 regular season as the Marlins' starting second baseman. But durability has been a major issue for him in recent years.
Mar 10 - 4:36 PM

Rafael Furcal went 0-for-2 on Thursday and is off to a 1-for-10 start this spring.

Furcal probably can't lose his hold on the starting job at second base this spring, but the Marlins should only give him so much rope if he doesn't produce in April. They still have both Donovan Solano and Derek Dietrich as possibilities to step in if needed.
Mar 6 - 5:05 PM

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday that he plans to ease Rafael Furcal (elbow) into action this spring.

Furcal missed the entire 2013 season following Tommy John surgery, so the Marlins are just being cautious. He won't play in the team's Grapefruit League opener on Friday, but should be in the lineup Saturday. "I know he's feeling good, but at the same time I want to make sure he's got his legs under him and is healthy for Opening Day," said Redmond. The 36-year-old is expected to function as the team's regular second baseman and leadoff man this year.
Feb 26 - 10:08 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jarrod Saltalamacchia
2Jeff Mathis
1B1Garrett Jones
2Greg Dobbs
2B1Rafael Furcal
2Derek Dietrich
3Jeff Baker
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
3B1Casey McGehee
2Ed Lucas
LF1Christian Yelich
2Reed Johnson
CF1Marcell Ozuna
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jose Fernandez
2Nathan Eovaldi
3Jacob Turner
4Henderson Alvarez
5Tom Koehler
6Brad Hand
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Mike Dunn
3A.J. Ramos
4Dan Jennings
5Carlos Marmol
6Kevin Slowey
7Arquimedes Caminero