Furcal off disabled list, makes Marlins debut

MIAMI –- The Marlins on Friday night are playing their 65th game of the season. For Rafael Furcal, it’s like Opening Day.

Furcal has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and made his 2014 debut for Miami.

To make space on the 40-man roster for Furcal, Miami designated right-hander Angel Sanchez, who was at Double-A Jacksonville. Sanchez was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay.

The Marlins obtained Sanchez last July as part of the Ricky Nolasco trade with the Dodgers.

The 37-year-old, who signed as a free agent for $3.5 million, also is returning to big league action for the first time since he was with the Cardinals 2012. He missed all of last year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.

Furcal’s comeback season got off on rough footing. In Spring Training he strained his left hamstring, and opened the season on the disabled list. During a rehab assignment game in late April with Double-A Jacksonville, he received another setback when he strained his right groin.

Furcal played in six rehab assignment games from May 30-June 10 after recovering from his groin injury.

In all, Furcal batted .297 (11-for-37) with two doubles and four stolen bases.

Joe Frisaro

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