Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Furcal hits the 15-day DL

The worst case scenario came true, as Rafael Furcal's lower back injury has forced him to the DL. It's retroactive to May 6, so he can come back on May 21, which is the final game of the home series against the Cincinnati Reds.

What started off as something that looked so minor has turned into a full fledged injury. At this point of the season, it's the logical move to use precaution. We saw last year that he's not nearly the same player when he's trying to play through pain (not that anybody else would be either). Getting their best offensive player rested and ready is the smart thing to do.

In the meantime, the Dodgers will be looking for another shortstop from outside the organization, so says MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. MLBtraderumors.com suggests Andy Cannizaro from the Rays, who's mainly been in their Triple-A affiliate at Durham. Gurnick says that if nobody is acquired, they will most likely call up Luis Maza from Triple-A Las Vegas, where he is hitting a fantastic .402.

Another minor note is that Tony Abreu is now on the 60-day DL, transferred from the 15-day.

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