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Back tightness delays rehab for Furcal

Back tightness delays rehab for Furcal

LOS ANGELES -- Hopes of Rafael Furcal and Manny Ramirez leaving for rehab assignments simultaneously were dashed Tuesday when Furcal felt tightness in his lower back.

On the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 3, Furcal was scheduled to meet with Dr. Robert Watkins, his back surgeon, at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday in a routine meeting that was scheduled before Furcal felt the tightness.

"He came in a little tight today, didn't look terrible, but we were hoping that he had nothing," team trainer Stan Conte said. "So the fact that he had some tightness is concerning with a guy who had a back problem before. We take a half a step back and see how he does the rest of the day."

Furcal had been doing baseball activities at a steadily increasing intensity through Monday. Furcal took the day off from baseball activities Tuesday, received treatment and was to be re-evaluated Wednesday.

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