Inching closer, Furcal gets day off

Prospective second baseman working his way back to Marlins

Inching closer, Furcal gets day off

ATLANTA -- Rafael Furcal received a day off in his rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday. The veteran infielder, whom the Marlins signed to a one-year deal in December, is working his way back from a left hamstring strain.

Miami anticipates using Furcal as its everyday second baseman.

"He'll play tomorrow," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I think the plan for him, as of right now, is to be [in Jacksonville] for a week."

Furcal played in just seven Spring Training games, missing time due to his injury, as well as the birth of his daughter. He is batting .154 (4-for-26) with three walks and a stolen base in seven rehab games between Class A Jupiter and Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, utilityman Ed Lucas is currently rehabbing in Jupiter after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left hand when he was hit by a fastball from Cardinals pitcher Scott McGregor on March 27. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 30.

"He's not playing," Redmond said. "He's just working out."

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.