Furcal shows improvement

Furcal shows improvement

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal finally reported improvement in his strained left hamstring on Wednesday and said he could be activated "in a few days, maybe during the weekend."

"I feel much better," said Furcal, who has been on the disabled list since suffering the injury April 27, missing 19 games. "I feel a little more strong, not like I got something inside moving around. Yesterday and today are two good days."

Furcal went to Class A Inland Empire for a two-game rehab assignment last week, but came back complaining that his leg still wasn't 100 percent. After testing it running in the outfield and on the bases Wednesday, Furcal said he might not need another Minor League rehab.

"His best workout so far," said Torre. "Absolutely no sensation at all. We'll do this the next couple days and make a decision by the weekend about what we'll do."

Torre, however, said Furcal can be activated when the player is confident he can run without limitation and the training staff is satisfied that he's been adequately tested. Usually, but not always, that test includes a Minor League game.

Torre also said injured Opening Day starting pitcher Vicente Padilla bounced back from his first mound session Tuesday well enough to throw long-toss on Wednesday and schedule another mound session Thursday. Padilla is on the DL with a rare irritation of the radial nerve and is next expected back until next month.