Furcal day-to-day with strained back

Furcal day-to-day with strained back

LOS ANGELES -- An MRI on Tuesday revealed a strain in Rafael Furcal's lower back and he is day-to-day. Dodgers manager Joe Torre said the shortstop would definitely not play on Wednesday.

Furcal hurt himself playing a ball in the hole on Monday night against the Padres, twisting at a sharp angle to make a throw to first. The MRI's result was potentially excellent for the Dodgers, who already learned Tuesday that Manny Ramirez had a setback in his injury rehabilitation and that Russell Martin will need an MRI on Wednesday. Furcal has had past back problems and missed 125 games because of a lower back injury that required surgery in 2008.

"Especially with his history with his back," Torre said. "I haven't talked to our trainer about it, but I heard that result part, that tells it was just an unusual play where he tweaked it."

Furcal, an All-Star, has had a resurgent season with a .316 average, the fourth-best mark in the National League. He spent time on the disabled list this season for a hamstring injury and missed more time on the bereavement list, but his back, a problem in years past, had been healthy.

Jamey Carroll started at shortstop, batting eighth, on Tuesday, with Scott Podsednik, Ryan Theriot and Andre Ethier at the top of the order. Furcal had hit leadoff until the arrival of Podsednik, then Torre tried him out at Nos. 2 and 3.