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Furcal injures hamstring in Game 1 loss

Furcal injures hamstring in Game 1 loss

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NEW YORK -- Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal's left hamstring tightened in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Mets and manager Joe Torre said he probably won't play in either of the remaining two games here.

Furcal suffered the injury when he grounded into a double play to end the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 4-0 Game 1 loss. He finished out the game.

But between games, Torre said Furcal would not start the second game and was "doubtful" for the series finale Wednesday. The Dodgers don't have a true backup shortstop. Jamey Carroll started at shortstop in the second game.

"He didn't feel he tore it, it just felt tight," said Torre

Furcal's injury adds to a recent wave of ailments that have recently landed left fielder Manny Ramirez (right calf), Opening Day starting pitcher Vicente Padilla (radial nerve), reliever Jeff Weaver (stiff back) and catcher Brad Ausmus (back surgery) on the disabled list in the past 2 1/2 weeks.

In addition, right fielder Andre Ethier has been playing with a sprained left ankle since the first series of the season.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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