Phillies “kicking the tires” on Rafael Furcal

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Now that the Phillies have traded Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers they might be in the market for some middle infield depth and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that they’re “kicking the tires” on Rafael Furcal.

Furcal is actually a year older than Rollins at 37 and hasn’t been healthy since 2012. He spent this past season with the Marlins and was supposed to be their regular second baseman, but instead was limited to nine games by injuries.

There’s not much risk signing Furcal assuming he’d require only a minor-league contract, but he obviously can’t be counted on for much of anything at this point.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.