Saturday, June 07, 2008

Mark Your Calendars

From Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times:

Rafael Furcal could be back in the Dodgers' lineup by the time they open a three-game series in Cincinnati on June 17, Manager Joe Torre said Friday.

"I think that's reasonable," Torre said.

Furcal, who last played May 5, resumed taking grounders at short Thursday and reported that his strained lower back felt fine the next day.

The Dodgers' leading hitter will travel with the Dodgers for their upcoming series in San Diego that begins Monday and will work out with the team over the three-game set. If Furcal doesn't suffer a setback in San Diego, he will be sent on a minor league rehab assignment when the Dodgers head out for a three-game series in Detroit.

Angel Berroa, who was acquired in a trade from the Kansas City Royals on Friday, probably will start at shortstop until Furcal is ready to be activated.