Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal injured his left hamstring after trying to beat out a double play in the bottom of the third inning in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Mets. He did not take the field for the top of the fourth, and was instead replaced at his position by Jeff Baker.
Although nothing has been made official, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Furcal is headed to the 15-day disabled list. The club will recall Derek Dietrich from Triple-A New Orleans.
Furcal, 36, made his 2014 debut on June 13 after missing the first 65 games of the season with a strained left hamstring. It was his first appearance in the major leagues since August 30, 2012 when he was with the Cardinals. Furcal slashed .171/.216/.229 with no home runs or stolen bases and only two RBI in 37 plate appearances.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina are making “major progress” on a contract extension. Molina told the team he won’t discuss an extension during the season, hence the rapid progress.
Molina is entering the last guaranteed year of a five-year, $75 million contract signed in March 2012. He and the Cardinals hold a mutual option worth $15 million with a $2 million buyout for the 2018 season. The new extension would presumably cover at least the 2018-19 seasons and likely ’20 as well.
Molina is 34 years old but is still among the most productive catchers in baseball. Last season, he hit .307/.360/.427 with 38 doubles, 58 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 581 plate appearances. Though he has lost a step or two with age, Molina is still well-regarded for his defense. The Cardinals also value his ability to handle the pitching staff.