MIAMI — Miami Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal exited Saturday’s game in the third inning with what was initially called a day-to-day left hamstring cramp but appears to be more serious.
Following Miami’s 4-0 to loss the New York Mets, Furcal had already left to have an MRI exam. Manager Mike Redmond expected Furcal to land on the disabled list and for there to be a corresponding roster move prior to Sunday’s series finale.
"It definitely doesn’t sound good," Redmond said. "I’d be happy if it was a cramp."
Furcal, who started the season on the DL with a left hamstring strain, injured himself while running out a double play in the third inning.
On his final stride before touching first base, Furcal reached for his left leg. First-base coach Perry Hill motioned for athletic trainer Mike Kozak to meet Furcal. The pair headed straight for the dugout.
Leading up to the at-bat, starting pitcher Tom Koehler failed to get down a sacrifice bunt, setting up the 6-4-3 double play.
"It was nice to get out of that jam in the sixth, but at the same time it’s frustrating giving up those two runs and not getting those bunts down," said Koehler, who allowed two runs over seven innings for the loss. "They’re eating at me a little right now."
Furcal made his 2014 debut June 13 against the Pittsburgh Pirates after coming off the 60-day DL.
The 36-year-old first hurt himself during spring training in a March 10 game against the Mets. He aggravated it five days later. He had just 18 Grapefruit League at-bats.
During a rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville in May, he suffered a right groin strain that set him back. Furcal needed 21 rehab games between Single-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville before his return to the big leagues for the first time since 2012.
"I’m more disappointed for him," Redmond said. "He’s been out for a long time. He was looking forward to this opportunity with us to go out and play and it just hasn’t happened for him. A rough go from the start. Spring training was tough on him. He’s been banged up really since Day 1.
"We were hoping getting him back would be a big spark for us and he just hasn’t been able to stay out there. I feel more for him and what he’s gone through to get back out on the field. It’s tough when you get banged up and you can’t get out there and perform and do the things you want to be able to do."
Since being reinstated from the DL, the 14-year veteran was batting .171 with a triple and two RBI in nine games.
Jeff Baker took his place at second to begin the fourth.
"It’s tough," first baseman Garrett Jones said. "He came back and he was definitely adding a spark to our lineup. It looked like he was starting to get more comfortable at the plate, and he was playing good D. It’s unfortunate. He had a long road all the way back. It’s unfortunate he had to get hurt again. Hopefully, he can come back and help us win soon."