Furcal suffers right groin injury

NEW YORK — Over the weekend, Marlins’ management is set to make a decision on what the next step is for Rafael Furcal.

They may have received their answer on Friday night.

In a rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville, Furcal was replaced due to a right groin injury.

Furcal strained his left hamstring in Spring Training, and he’s been on the disabled list all season. So now, he is dealing with a second ailment.

Still, the setback may not be too severe.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said on Saturday that Furcal was doing baseball activities on Saturday to see if he can return to game action as early as Sunday.

The 36-year-old is in his second week of his rehab assignment. After one week at Class A Jupiter, he headed to Jacksonville on Monday, and has been playing for the Suns.

On Friday night, Furcal was 2-for-2. He was on first base and sustained the groin strain while running the bases. As a precaution, he was immediately replaced.

By Sunday, the Marlins were to decide if Furcal should spend another week on rehab assignment, or if it was time to bring him to the big league club.

Derek Dietrich and Donovan Solano have been handling most of the second base duties.

Joe Frisaro

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