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Furcal feels better, but Manny still hurting

Furcal feels better, but Manny still hurting

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers received more good news on Rafael Furcal and less good news on Manny Ramirez on Thursday.

Furcal, out since Tuesday with a lower back strain, "said he feels much better, which is great," manager Joe Torre said. "We hope to have him by the start of the trip [Tuesday night in Philadelphia]."

But Ramirez, out since July 17 with a strained right calf, was given a day off from baseball activities as he rehabs at the club's Camelback Ranch complex in Arizona.

"He still has aggravation in the calf," said Torre. "He'll go back to full baseball stuff tomorrow."

The Dodgers have no idea when Ramirez will return. They hoped to have him ready for Minor League rehab games by now.

"Until the discomfort is out of the calf, the only thing he can do is work out and hit," said Torre. "He'll try running tomorrow, that's what Stan [Conte, trainer] told me."

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