Furcal not ready to come off DL
Dodgers shortstop hampered by hamstring issues
SAN DIEGO -- Injured Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal's left hamstring is not 100 percent and he was not activated of the disabled list on Friday as expected.Furcal said he still can feel the strain. He said he tried to talk club officials into letting him play, but the decision was made that he needs to be completely healed before being activated off the 15-day DL. "Nothing happened. He just didn't feel sure that he could just turn it loose," said manager Joe Torre. "He did the right thing. He feels down, but we can't have him unless he's all the way there. Speed means too much to his game. He's just not all the way there." Furcal said he felt the hamstring while playing two games for Class A Inland Empire this week on a rehab assignment and felt it more after the games. "In my mind, I don't feel I can do it the way I want to do it," he said about playing through the injury. "It's 80, 85, 90 percent. I want to be aggressive. I don't want to play and they take me out after two innings and they lose me for 60 days." Furcal was tested at PETCO Park on Friday. Torre said it's not known how long Furcal will remain sidelined, but he won't be activated this weekend, and Torre indicated Furcal would likely need to go back out on another rehab assignment to fully test the leg. He will be examined in Los Angeles on Monday. Furcal was disabled on April 28 and went hitless in the two-game rehab assignment with Inland Empire this week. Jamey Carroll has taken over shortstop in Furcal's place and was in the starting lineup Friday night for the series opener against the Padres.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.