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Dodgers eye Tuesday return for Furcal

Dodgers eye Tuesday return for Furcal

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers did not activate Rafael Furcal for Sunday's game after the shortstop took five at-bats in extended spring training on Saturday. Furcal has been out with a strained left hamstring since April.

"He's fine, we're going to wait until Tuesday to activate him," manager Joe Torre said. "He came back today had a real good day yesterday, did about everything ... he felt good today. [We're waiting] to let him just have the insurance of a couple days extra rest and the fact that we have to decide what we're doing."

To make room for Furcal, the Dodgers may demote a pitcher instead of Nick Green or another position player because they will not need a fifth starter until Friday or Saturday in Colorado. Nick Green is out of options and would need to clear waivers, which prompted Torre to bring Blake DeWitt's name into the conversation Saturday as a possibility to be sent to Triple-A Albuquerque.

But DeWitt, batting .276, is the team's starting second baseman and is 5-for-14 through six games of the seven-game homestand. Green, called up May 4, has gotten virtually no playing time and is 1-for-8 at the plate during the time he has played.

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