Furcal set for Class A rehab stint

Furcal set for Class A rehab stint

PHOENIX -- Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal had a change in plans and will report to Class A Inland Empire for a two-game injury rehabilitation assignment instead of with Triple-A Albuquerque, manager Joe Torre said Monday.

"There was a bad weather report in Colorado Springs, where Albuquerque plays, so he'll go to San Bernardino and play Tuesday and Wednesday and then go to San Diego [for the Dodgers' series there beginning Friday night]," Torre said. "If everything goes without incident, he'll play Friday."

Furcal went on the disabled list May 4 with a strained left hamstring suffered trying to beat out a double-play ground ball. He was batting .309 with eight stolen bases, only four fewer than he had all last year.

Jamey Carroll has played in place of Furcal at shortstop. In 13 starts at shortstop entering Monday night, Carroll was batting .326 with six walks.

"He's done a great job," Torre said of Carroll. "He doesn't get your attention with the tools Raffy has, but he's a tough competitor. He doesn't have the same range, but he knows how to play shortstop."