Rafael Furcal had a little accident and will miss Sunday night’s game with the Cubs. Tweets Buster Olney:
Rafael Furcal sprained his thumb when bracing a fall, after tripping over a rope near the batting cage here in Wrigley…
Olney didn’t say which thumb. Furcal broke his left thumb and missed six weeks earlier this season. He also missed a month with a strained oblique, and he’s hit just .204/.275/.284 with 26 runs scored in 211 at-bats for the season.
With Furcal out, the Cards have Daniel Descalso playing shortstop and batting eighth tonight. Skip Schumaker is in the leadoff spot.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.