Furcal could return to Dodgers on Sunday

Furcal could return to Dodgers on Sunday

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal will head to extended spring training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona on Saturday and could be activated as early as Sunday, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.

Furcal, who last played on April 27, won't see much resembling Major League-caliber pitching in Arizona, but he will be able to test his hamstring in game situations.

"Only thing we're concerned about is stuff that may surprise his body, quick moves whether it's at shortstop or out of the box," Torre said. "One game is certainly not enough to get his timing, he'll have to get that here."

The Dodgers didn't want to send Furcal to Triple-A Albuquerque or Class A Inland Empire because the team can control the game action in extended spring training, potentially giving Furcal a look at as many or as few situations as it deems necessary.

Furcal could be in the lineup Sunday for a 1:10 p.m. PT start against the Tigers at Dodger Stadium, or he may not play until Tuesday in Chicago after an off-day Monday.

Jamey Carroll, 2-for-3 on Thursday night, has hit .309 since Furcal went down and will return to his normal reserve role once Furcal returns.

"What a great job he's done," Torre said. "He's about as good a team player as I've been around."