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Marlins' Rafael Furcal to re-start rehab

By on 5/02/2014 11:15:00 AM

Miami Marlins shortstop Rafael Furcal, on the DL to start the season with a strained left hamstring, was forced to terminate his rehab assignment at Triple-A Jacksonville when he strained his right groin last week. Joe Frisaro of reports that, "for the past few days, Furcal has been taking ground balls, hitting and going through drills." Furcal will start his rehab again today at Double-A Jacksonville and could join the Marlins in less than three weeks. Furcal was a 2012 All-Star, posting a line of .264/.325/.346 with the St. Louis Cardinals before being shut down at the end of August. He lost the entire 2013 season recovering from "Tommy John" sugery on his right elbow. When he returns, Furcal will back up Adeiny Hechavarria, who is hitting .282/.321/.398.

Furcal, a 13-year veteran (Atlanta, LA Dodgers, St. Louis), 2000 Rookie-of-the-Year and three-time All-Star, was a reliable, even flashy shortstop with a career .281/.346/.403 hitting line before elbow problems (initially diagnosed as bone spurs), shut him down for the season on August 31, 2012. He underwent sugery for the bone spurs and ulnar collateral ligament in October of 2012, and missed the entire 2013 season.

Now entering his age-36 season, Furcal was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves out of the Dominican Republic in 1996, making his major league debut on April 4, 2000. He reached free agency after the 2005 season and signed a 3-year, $35 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He re-upped with the Dodgers for another three years and $30 million in 2008. The Dodgers traded Furcal with cash to the St. Louis Cardinals in July 2011 in exchange for Alex Castellanos. In December 2013, the Miami Marlins signed the free agent to a one-year $3.5 million contract.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats

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