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Rafael Furcal retires after 14 seasons, three All-Star selections

  Former National League Rookie of the Year Rafael Furcal is retiring after 14 major league seasons. The 37-year-old signed a minor league contract with Kansas City during spring training, and the Royals placed him on the voluntary retired list Tuesday. He hit .240 with one double in 25 at-bats for Single-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. "To play in the major leagues...
Via AP on Fox
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Furcal retires after 14 major league seasons

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former NL Rookie of the Year Rafael Furcal is retiring after 14 major league seasons. The 37-year-old signed a minor league contract with Kansas City during spring training, and the Royals placed him on the voluntary retired list Tuesday. He hit .240 with one double in 25 at-bats for Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. ''To play in the major...
Via AP on Fox
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Furcal to retire after 14 seasons in the majors

Monday brought us the retirement of Bruce Chen. Tuesday brings along the end of another veteran’s career: Rafael Furcal has announced his retirement. Rafael Furcal has announced his retirement. The three-time All-Star signed a minor league contract with the Royals in Spring Training. — Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 19, 2015 Furcal, 37, spent his 14 seasons with four clubs...
Via Baseball Essential
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Naturals top Springfield Cardinals in series opener on Thursday

May 14, 2015, Springdale, AR – The Northwest Arkansas Naturals struck for seven unearned runs en route to the 9-5 win against the Springfield Cardinals before 2,749 fans at Arvest Ballpark on Thursday night. The Cardinals (10-23) got out to a quick start, seizing the lead in the top of the first inning against LHP Daniel Stumpf. RF Jeremy Hazelbaker, who was signed by St. Louis...
Via i70baseball
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals release veteran infielder Rafael Furcal

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have released three-time All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal, two weeks after he signed a minor league deal. Furcal didn't appear in a Cactus League game as he recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in winter ball. Tuesday's move doesn't affect the Royals' big league roster as Furcal was not invited to camp. The 37-year-old Furcal played...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Sign Rafael Furcal To Minor-League Deal

The Kansas City Royals have reached an agreement with veteran infielder Rafael Furcal on a minor-league deal, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. McCullough notes that he will report to the club’s minor-league camp, instead of big league camp, in order to rehab from his torn hamstring. The Royals signed Rafael Furcal to a minor-league deal. He is not in big...
Via Baseball Essential
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano: The Last Man Standing

At this point, it only makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano. That’s not something you hear every day, but it makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano because these are the remaining names that currently populate our free agent depth charts: Ryan Doumit Brett Hayes Lyle Overbay Rafael Furcal Chris Nelson Scott Hairston Tony […]
Via Fangraphs
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Furcal tears hamstring while playing in Dominican Winter League

getty images Rafael Furcal’s chances of being ready for opening day is now up in the air. The free agent infielder tore a hamstring while playing in the Dominican Winter League. Furcal, 37, has played just nine games over the last two years due to injury – missing time last year due to his left hamstring. Tommy John surgery has also sidelined him in recent years. Sources:...
Via Tireball.com
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies Frontrunners for Korean SS Jung-ho Kang

Kang Well, a busy Saturday afternoon may be staying busy throughout the evening for the Phillies. The rumor mill once again involves filling the shortstop position. This one is out of left field and has a bit more sizzle than rumors linking the Phillies to Rafael Furcal: Chris Cotillo of SB Nation is reporting that the Phillies are considered frontrunners for Korean shortstop Jung...
Via Phillies Nation
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies "Kicking the Tires" on 37-Year-Old Shortstop, Rafael Furcal

(Photo: Wikipedia Commons) Today, the Phillies traded away their perennial shortstop, Jimmy Rollins. This move is expected to be the first of many made by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. this offseason to rebuild and get the franchise an influx of new, young talent for their farm system. Many presumed...
Via Philliedelphia
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Miami Marlins opt to test free-agent waters

With the 2014 season officially over and the offseason underway, four Miami Marlins elected free agency. Though none of them come as surprises, pinch-hitter Reed Johnson, infielder Rafael Furcal, right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg and right-hander Brad Penny will test the market. Johnson, who turns 38 in December, signed a one-year deal last winter. He hit .235 with 15 doubles, two...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins position analysis: Second base

Second base wasn't supposed to be a revolving door in 2014 when the Miami Marlins signed veteran Rafael Furcal to a one-year, $3.5 million deal last offseason. But various leg injuries prevented the 36-year-old from re-energizing his career in South Florida. After missing 2013 with Tommy John surgery, Furcal sustained a hamstring strain during spring training in Jupiter, Fla. While...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins Injury Update: Rafael Furcal officially out for season

The Miami Marlins lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday by the score of 3-2. The loss dropped the Marlins to two games below .500 at 60-62, third in the National League East. Injuries have not helped the Marlins' cause this season and now there is worse news on the injury front, as Rafael Furcal is officially out for the season due to a hamstring injury#476095333 / gettyimages...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Furcal to undergo season ending surgery on hamstring

getty images The 2014 season for infielder Rafael Furcal is over. Next week the 36-year-old will undergo season-ending surgery to remove scar tissue from his left hamstring. Furcal earned $3.5 million his season to produce a .171/.216/.229 line over nine games for the Marlins. He missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The season got off to a late start...
Via Tireball.com
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins place Rafael Furcal on 60-day DL again, make other moves

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins selected infielder Jordany Valdespin's contract from Triple-A New Orleans while optioning first baseman Justin Bour to the Zephyrs and placing second baseman Rafael Furcal on the 60-day disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Valdespin, who was on the New York Mets' Opening Day roster in 2013, was scheduled to platoon with...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins notes: A.J. Ramos likely headed to disabled list

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins right-handed reliever A.J. Ramos is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, according to manager Mike Redmond. Ramos, who tossed a career-high 50 pitches in Thursday's 14-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, has not appeared in a game since for precautionary reasons. An MRI revealed the inflammation. "He was a little bit sore...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Furcal to miss significant amount of time

getty images The Miami Marlins are not saying that second baseman Rafael Furcal is done for the season but they are calling his injury significant. Furcal very well will miss the rest of the season after straining his hamstring. The Florida Sun Sentinel reports that he tore part of the hamstring muscle behind his knee according to general manger Dan Jennings. “He’s done for quite...
Via Tireball.com
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins recall Derek Dietrich from Triple-A New Orleans

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins recalled Derek Dietrich from Triple-A New Orleans as the corresponding move with Rafael Furcal headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Dietrich was the club's Opening Day starter at second base with Furcal on the DL with a right hamstring strain. In 41 games, he hit .246 with five doubles, two triples, five homers and 16 RBI....
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal leaves game with apparent leg injury

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal exited Saturday's game against the New York Mets with an apparent left leg injury after running out a double play in the third inning. Furcal, who started the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, hit into a 6-4-3 double play. On his final stride before touching first base, he reached for his left leg. First...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Marlins 3, Mets 2

The Mets (33-41) dropped the second game of their four game set with the Marlins (37-36) on Friday night by a score of 3-2. Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start for the Mets and pitched very well, as he has all season. After Rafael Furcal scored in the first inning following his leadoff triple, the 33-year old Matsuzaka settled down to pitch a solid game. In all, Dice-K went 5.1 innings...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Garrett Jones helps Marlins finish off comeback against Cubs

MIAMI (AP) -- Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday night, and the Miami Marlins rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5. Adeiny Hechavarria started the Marlins' seventh with a bunt single for his fourth hit. Rafael Furcal had a two-out, two-run single in the fourth for his first RBIs since 2012. Hard-luck Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs,...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Casey McGehee continues to make mark, comes through again for Marlins

MIAMI -- Once an unknown among Miami Marlins fans entering the season, the legend of #HitsMcGehee reached an all-time high Sunday afternoon. Casey McGehee drove in all three RBI, including the walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, of Miami's 3-2 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park. Down two runs and four outs away from being swept, McGehee tied the game...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Furcal activated from 60-day DL, will start Friday night

getty images Rafael Furcal will play in his first big league game since 2012. Furcal, 36, missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and has been hobbled by groin and hamstring injuries this year. He will play second base and bat leadoff for the Marlins on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates who will have Jeff Locke on the mound. Furcal was given a...
Via Tireball.com
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays claim Angel Sanchez off waivers from Marlins

A year ago Angel Sanchez was considered the highlight of a trade package that sent Ricky Nolasco to the Los Angeles Dodgers. A few days ago he was placed on waivers. The Tampa Bay Rays claimed the 24-year-old pitcher and have assigned him to Double-A. In eight starts at that level this season Sanchez has posted an uninspiring 0-8 record to go with a 6.88 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Obviously...
Via Tireball.com
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Furcal reinstated from 60-day DL, ready to make Marlins debut

MIAMI -- Rafael Furcal will make his long-awaited Miami Marlins debut Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Furcal, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason to be the club's second baseman and leadoff hitter, was reinstated Friday after having been on the 60-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and right groin strain. Since May 29, he played in 11 minor-league...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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