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Dodgers injured and recovering: Rafael Furcal to start rehab, Ryan Theriot out with sore knee, Vicente Padilla hit on arm by line drive

August 31, 2010 |  6:04 pm

Away from downtown court action, the Dodgers still managed to be active at the stadium Tuesday on the health front.

Shortstop Rafael Furcal, on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a lower back strain, is scheduled to begin a two-game rehabilitation assignment at triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.

Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said Furcal is then scheduled to rejoin the Dodgers on Friday.

"It’s totally better than before,’’ Furcal said. "Right now, I feel good.’’

Second baseman Ryan Theriot, who has an 11-game hitting streak, was scratched from the lineup with a sore left knee. He was replaced by Ronnie Belliard.

Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth slid into Theriot on Monday night in the eighth inning to break up a double-play attempt. Theriot remained in the game, but the knee was sore Tuesday.

Manager Joe Torre said with an afternoon game Wednesday and an off-day on Thursday, Theriot probably would not return to the lineup until Friday.

"It doesn’t seem to be anything that needs further investigation,’’ Torre said.

Meanwhile, right-hander Vicente Padilla’s sore neck came out fine from his rehab start Monday at Class-A Inland Empire, but he was hit on the right forearm by a line drive in the second inning.

"His neck didn’t bother him, his shoulder didn’t bother him,’’ Conte said. "But his arm did after getting hit.’’

Padilla wasn’t seriously injured, however, and did return to pitch a final inning. Padilla is tentatively scheduled to start Monday in San Diego.

"In a perfect world, you’d like a couple more rehab starts,’’ Conte said.

Catcher Russell Martin is also scheduled to have a follow-up CT scan on his injured hip Wednesday.

Conte said the previous X-ray showed the fracture perfectly aligned.

"Surgery has been ruled out as long as it stays aligned,’’ Conte said.

-- Steve Dilbeck