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Furcal strains groin; Marlins hopeful it's not serious

Furcal strains groin; Marlins hopeful it's not serious

NEW YORK -- Just when it looked as if Rafael Furcal was getting back into form, the veteran infielder suffered a setback on Friday night. The Marlins second baseman was removed from a rehab-assignment game with Double-A Jacksonville because of a right groin strain.

The Marlins are hopeful the ailment isn't serious and that it won't keep the veteran infielder out of action long.

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"He came out of the game last night," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He's been evaluated. He's going through baseball activities now to get a feel for where he is at. We'll see if he is ready to play in the game tomorrow."

Best-case scenario is Furcal getting back into a game on Sunday and then continuing his rehab assignment. Projected as Miami's regular second baseman, Furcal opened the season on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Furcal was 2-for-2 on Friday, but he felt some discomfort while running the bases. As a precaution he was replaced.

In four games with Jacksonville, Furcal is 4-for-15 (.267). The infielder began his rehab assignment at Class A Jupiter, where he hit .235.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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