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Marlins' Rafael Furcal departs with tight hamstring

By on 3/16/2014 03:00:00 PM

Only weeks into spring training and infielder, Rafael Furcal has exited two games due to a hamstring injury.

According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel Furcal departed the game for a pinch runner in the bottom of third inning of Saturday’s loss to the Nationals. He then left the dugout with trainer Sean Cunningham.

On Monday he left the game for the same reason and Saturday was his first game back, but it ended the same way.

"He felt a little something," bench coach Rob Leary explained. "He ended up motioning in. Something didn't quite feel right."

With Opening Day two weeks away, Furcal will most likely start the season on the disabled list. He missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right arm and then signed a one-year deal worth $3 million along with incentives. 

In 18 at bats this spring Furcal has three hits, all for singles and hasn’t looked comfortable at the plate thus far.

In 2012 with St. Louis Furcal hit for a slash of .264/.325/.346 with 5 home runs and 49 runsbatted in. He only played 121 games while only stealing 12 bags. His career .281 average and 314 stolen bases are impressive while having a glorious 12.5 strikeout percentage and an average wRC+ of 100.

Miami has more options in case Furcal is unable to play or isn’t being produtctive. They have Donovan Solano who is batting .280 in the GrapeFruit League and Derek Dietrich who is batting .375 with three doubles, a home run, and a 1.089 OPS.

Furcal has been an injury magnet in the last six years and these hamstring issues are not helping with his future on a major league baseball field.

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