Disabled pitcher Vicente Padilla, healed from an irritated nerve in his arm only to suffer a neck disk problem, remained disabled and joined Furcal on a flight back to Los Angeles to be examined.
The Dodgers currently have 10 players on the disabled list, including starting position players Furcal, Juan Uribe and Marcus Thames; starting pitcher Garland; and five relievers, including closer Jonathan Broxton. They have had 18 disabling injuries this year, a number they didn't reach until Aug. 4 last year.
Furcal strained a left oblique muscle Friday night. Garland, who pitched six innings Wednesday night, has right shoulder inflammation. Jamey Carroll again becomes the starting shortstop and Garland will be replaced in the starting rotation by rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa.
Furcal was injured when he twisted to his right while taking a throw from catcher Dioner Navarro and relaying to third base. He said he was told it could take anywhere from 15 to 30 days to heal. He said he's never had an oblique injury and felt no tightness leading up to the strain.
Furcal missed 37 games with a fractured left thumb suffered stealing third base in San Francisco and was activated May 22. He is hitting .212 with two stolen bases and seven runs scored in 17 games played.
This is Furcal's sixth stint on the disabled list in his sixth year with the Dodgers. The 33-year-old is the highest-paid Dodger at $14 million this year with a club option next year for $12 million that would have vested if he had 600 plate appearances this year.
Garland reported improvement Saturday after getting an injection but is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. He is 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA and a four-decision losing streak, the lone win coming April 20. He has 28 strikeouts and 20 walks in 54 innings.
He was signed to be a workhorse, having gone 10 seasons without a disabling injury. But in keeping with the Dodgers' injury-prone ways this year, Garland has been sidelined twice, the first being a strained oblique muscle suffered in Spring Training.
The injuries will be costly for Garland. He receives a $3.5 million base salary this year with a $1 million signing bonus, but there is another $3.525 million in incentives this year if he pitches between 150 and 190 innings, plus an $8 million option next year that would vest at 190 innings. Garland currently has 54 innings.
De Jesus made the Opening Day lineup, was sent down five days later, then recalled a week after that for a month stay. Ely was called up April 10 to make a start in place of Garland, allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings against San Diego, and was sent down the next day. Ely will pitch out of the bullpen.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less