Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the Miami Marlins knew signing second baseman Rafael Furcal was going to be a tough call. However, the team felt confident he could come out of Spring Training healthy and the starting second baseman. Miami did not get either scenario.
Furcal injured his hamstring toward the end of Spring Training and hit he disabled list prior to the first game of the season. He has been rehabbing for the last couple of weeks, and was expected to make one of his last rehab starst Friday night. The shortstop made the start for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, but left the game early with a quad injury. A frustrated Furcal will now focus more on getting his legs in shape, but hopefully will not over work himself.
Miami may have made a mistake signing Furcal with two viable second basemen already at their disposal. Derek Dietrich has started 12 games for the Marlins this season. He is playing pretty solid batting .289/.426/.579 with three homers and nine RBI. Donovan Solano has moved from second base to a utility role and has appeared in 10 games, but he’s only batting .238 across the line.
Miami is going to have to move someone once Furcal returns from injury. It could have a negative effect on the team since Dietrich has been playing well, but it does not look like a move it imminent.