Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Rafael Furcal Continues to Struggle With His Grip

As if he didn't have enough trouble already with two sore fingers on his glove hand, Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal now has a strained thumb as well, perhaps because the thumb has been compensating for the fingers. Furcal has suffered with the finger tenderness since the end of spring, but continues to try to play though it. Often Furcal has been seen wincing and messaging his hand after fielding a ball, and he plays with both middle fingers outside the back of his mitt. Worse, Furcal has trouble gripping his bat, as evidenced by his Mendoza Line batting average. Furcal has been playing with more ease lately, so watch to see whether he is finally returning toward normal.