The signing of Rafael Furcal in the winter had some potential for the Miami Marlins. The team was going to have some kind of veteran leadership to guide the youngsters like Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich when he returned to the field following Tommy John surgery. However, the Furcal signing has turned out to be a disaster thus far.
Furcal has only played in nine games for the Marlins this year as he landed back on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain after missing time at the beginning of the season with a right hamstring strain and a groin injury. Needless to say, Furcal has not really helped the Marlins out at all this season, nor has he really hurt them. You cannot really blame the 36-year-old veteran for the injuries, but the Marlins would surely love to see him out on the field for a longer period of time.
Furcal was only 6-for-35 with seven strikeouts in his first nine games with Miami. Whenever he returns, the Marlins would be more than happy to have him back, because neither Donovan Solano nor Derek Dietrich have been any better.
Miami will not get an All-Star second-half performance out of Furcal, but it should be enough for keep the Marlins competitive for the long haul. Miami definitely could not afford another injury to Furcal or the rest of this team toward the end of the season.