Furcal starting up rehab assignment
MIAMI — As the Marlins take on the Nationals at Marlins Park on Monday night, Rafael Furcal will begin his rehab assignment at Class A Jupiter.
Furcal (left hamstring) is expected to play five innings at Jupiter, and be back in action on Tuesday.
“The plan is for him to hopefully play every day,” manager Mike Redmond said. “Hopefully, he continues to feel good. He will be there all week.”
There is a chance next week that Furcal will play for Double-A Jacksonville. In all, the team anticipates him using all 21 days of his assignment. If that is the case, the earliest he would join the team is May 6 against the Mets at Marlins Park.
“The plan for him is to use all 21 days,” Redmond said.
Marcell Ozuna fouled a ball off the top of his left foot on Sunday at Philadelphia, but he stayed in the game. On the plane ride back to Miami, however, he was on crutches.
Ozuna got a day off on Monday, but he is feeling better, and he took part in pregame activities. He could be a pinch-hit option.
“He fouled that ball off his foot. He ended up being on crutches after the game,” Redmond said. “He will get a day off, and we’ll see if he is available to pinch-hit. He is out there, and he’s going to go through baseball activities, and we’ll see how he feels and if he is available for the game tonight. I anticipate him to be ok for a pinch-hit, but we’ll see.”
Ed Lucas (broken left hand) was cleared to do baseball activities on Monday.
“We’ll just kind of monitor him on how that hand is feeling,” Redmond said. “We’ll see how much activity he can do day-to-day.”
Jacob Turner (right shoulder) is going to start playing catch on Tuesday.
“He’s feeling much better than he has,” Redmond said.
– Joe Frisaro