Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Furcal Hits The DL

Retroactive to August 3, but the fact remains that our punchless offense (save last night's outburst) won't have one of its best pugilists with it:

PHILADELPHIA -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal was placed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing more stiffness in his injured back during his pregame workout on Tuesday, during which he took ground balls for the first time since being sidelined a week ago.

The move was made retroactive to Aug. 3, the day after Furcal left a game against the San Diego Padres because his back stiffened up on him.

"It was a little stiff," Furcal said as he left the clubhouse following the Dodgers' 15-9 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. [SoSG Sax's note: That's what she said. Sorry, with Steve Carell's departure, I've got The Office on the brain.]

A corresponding move won't be announced until Wednesday, but the Dodgers are expected to purchase the contract of veteran infielder Juan Castro, whom they signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 27, shortly after he was released by the Phillies. Castro, who is 4 for 14 in five games with the Isotopes, was double-switched out of their game against Fresno on Tuesday night in the second inning.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre insisted Furcal hadn't suffered a setback. But the Dodgers had played a man short for the past week in hopes of avoiding placing him on the DL, a move that would mean losing him for at least 15 days. But with Furcal still not ready to return and knowing he will be eligible to be activated on Aug. 18 against the Colorado Rockies, the decision was made to shelve him.

Don't call it a setback, he's been here for years? Actually, just a week. And it is indeed a setback.


O.K. said...

In Torre's world who needs one of the best shortstops in the NL? We have Pods and theRIOT.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Has anyone seen this?

t's a musical history of the's kind of catchy

Nostradamus said...

*sad trombone*

Josh S. said...

Oddly enough, the sad trombone could also serve as a musical history of the Dodgers.

Steve Sax said...

Why were there no "sad trombone" comments in the Favre post yesterday?

Nostradamus said...


I dunno, that was more of a *Slide Whistle* sort of situation.

karina said...

Guys, if the history of the Dodgers sound like a sad trombone, I couldn't imagine how Pirates,Cubs,Royals and Indians sound like.

Josh S. said...

karina: I imagine those sound like someone sitting on the left side of an organ keyboard.

Kyle Baker said...

Furcal is the type of guy to say my lower back is killin' me.