Rafael Furcal at least 25-30 days from returning to Dodgers

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Rafael Furcal got a platelet-rich plasma injection after being placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a strained oblique muscle suffered during a rundown and manager Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the shortstop is not expected back for 25-30 days.

Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A to replace Furcal on the roster and the Dodgers seem committed to giving the 23-year-old prospect a lengthy look at shortstop that will probably last through the All-Star break.

As for Furcal, this will be the third time in four years that he’s missed a significant chunk of the season with injuries after missing 126 games in 2008 and 65 games in 2010. He’s played in just 17 of the Dodgers’ first 62 games this year and sounds likely to miss at least another month. Combined in those four seasons he’ll have earned $40 million.

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.