Furcal to undergo surgery, miss eight weeks
Shortstop and leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal will undergo back surgery tomorrow and miss about another eight weeks. The microdiscectomy operation will involve removing a part of a bulging disk in his lower left back in order to reliever pressure. "It's a blow, but it's reality," Manager Joe Torre said. "We anticipate this will solve everything." Nomar Garciaparra is expected to be activated from the DL by the end of the week to play shortstop, but Torre conceded he won't be able to go everyday. Class AA Jacksonville shortstop Ivan DeJesus Jr. is also being considered.