Wednesday, April 11, 2007

He's Back! No Wait, He's Not!

From "Notes: Furcal might not be ready: Shortstop's injured ankle tightens during rehab game" by Ken Gurnick and John Klima at

Rafael Furcal cut short his injury rehabilitation stint and left Wednesday night's game in the sixth inning when his sprained left ankle tightened.

Furcal went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base without a throw and a strikeout in his second game with the Inland Empire 66ers. In the sixth inning, he walked and ran full speed from first to third on a double by Blake DeWitt, but did not return to his shortstop position for the bottom of the sixth....

Furcal said the ankle didn't bother him running the bases, but he felt it taking a quick first step pushing off on his left foot when he turned toward the left-field corner on Jordan Renz's fifth-inning double. He said there was no such stiffness Tuesday night, when he went 0-for-4 with a walk as the designated hitter, an indication that the injury bothers him more on defense than on offense....

Furcal is scheduled to report to Dodger Stadium for treatment Thursday, even though the club has the day off. The apparent setback probably means Furcal will not be activated from the disabled list for Friday's series opener with San Diego. He opened the season on the disabled list and was eligible to be activated last Saturday.