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MIAMI -- Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal overcame a couple of injuries to make it back to the big leagues on June 13.

Now the 37-year-old veteran, injured in the third inning of Miami's 4-0 loss to the Mets on Saturday, will be heading back to the disabled list, and the Marlins are concerned he could be out for a while dealing with injuries to his left hamstring and calf.

"I'm more disappointed for him -- he's been out for a long time," manager Mike Redmond said. "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."

Redmond said that Furcal would be placed on the DL on Sunday, with a corresponding roster move made. Nothing has been announced, but Derek Dietrich, who wasn't in the lineup at Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday, will likely be rejoining the club.

Dietrich was Miami's Opening Day second baseman, but the lefty-hitting infielder had some struggles defensively and he was optioned to New Orleans on June 3. He's been on a roll in his last 10 games, batting .368 with four homes and 12 RBIs. Overall with the Zephyrs, he is hitting .340 with six homers and 15 RBIs.

But the concern on Saturday was losing Furcal. He underwent an MRI on Saturday, but the results were not disclosed.

"We were hoping getting him back would be a big spark for us, and he just hasn't been able to stay out there," Redmond said. "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."

Furcal sustained the injury trying to leg out a double-play ground ball.

With one out in the third, against right-hander Jacob deGrom, Furcal tapped to shortstop Wilmer Flores, who started the double play.

In full sprint, Furcal extended his left leg toward the bag, and his foot caught the back of first baseman Lucas Duda's foot.

Furcal landed awkwardly and hobbled a few steps in obvious discomfort, and was attended to by assistant trainer Mike Kozak. Furcal was replaced by Jeff Baker.

"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."

It's been an injury-plagued season for Furcal, who was appearing in just his ninth game since being reinstated from the DL.

In Spring Training, Furcal strained his left hamstring, also against the Mets. He began the season on the DL, and during his rehab assignment, he strained his right groin. He played in 21 rehab games before making his Marlins debut.

In nine games, he is batting .171.

Dietrich appeared in 41 games with the Marlins, batting .246 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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