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.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.