Saturday, April 22, 2006

Rafael Furcal Has Trouble Gripping Bat

Los Angeles shortstop Rafael Furcal's batting average had dropped to .219 before he doubled in an insurance run in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-3 victory over Arizona, and later scored. Furcal has been hampered at the plate after he strained the middle finger of his left hand on opening day. The finger has been sore and swollen since, making it difficult for him to grip his bat. His discomfort is not related to Thursday's collision with Cubs first baseman Derrick Lee, who has been sidelined for perhaps two months or more as a result of the contact.