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And the beat goes on: Rafael Furcal leaves game with side injury

June 3, 2011 |  5:54 pm

Rafael-furcal_300 Just when it appeared like the Dodgers were about to resemble something approximating health, bodies start dropping again.

After learning before Friday’s game that right-hander Jon Garland was headed to the disabled list with an inflamed shoulder, they played two innings in Cincinnati when shortstop Rafael Furcal left the game with a left side injury.

Furcal has already missed 37 games this season with a broken thumb. He was so despondent immediately after that injury, he talked about retiring. The Dodgers are now listing him as day-to-day with his unspecified side injury.

Furcal apparently injured his side in the bottom of the second inning after Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen led off with singles. When Fred Lewis missed on a bunt attempt, Bruce wandered too far off second base. Dioner Navarro fired to Furcal, who was covering second. Furcal turned and threw out Bruce, who was trying to advance to third base on the play.

In the Dodgers’ next at-bat in the top of the third, Jamey Carroll hit for Furcal.

This was Furcal’s ninth game since coming back from his broken thumb. After starting one for 22, he had turned things around, with seven hits in his last 13 at-bats.

The Dodgers are expected to get infielder Juan Uribe off the disabled list on Monday. Outfielder Marcus Thames and right-hander Blake Hawksworth are also expected back next week.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal before a batting practice in Colorado. Credit: Rick Giase / EPA