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Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:36 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal sustained a broken thumb Monday night while sliding into third base in the fifth inning against the Giants. He is headed for the disabled list, though he reportedly mentioned he was "pondering retirement" after the game. (LA Times via Twitter)

Furcal is only 33, but he's battled severe injury woes in the past few years. He played just 36 games in 2008 and 97 last season. He had missed the previous two games with a wrist injury before returning Monday and falling injured again.

There's no telling just yet how seriously to take the retirement talk. It's easy to see how frustrated Furcal could be, so if he's speaking only out of frustration, the talk is rather meaningless. On the other hand, he could be exhausted from constantly having to rehab only to fall injured again. A broken thumb will likely keep him out four to six weeks. Maybe it was something he was already thinking about -- like if he got injured again that was it. Hard to tell at this point.

For now, the Dodgers have lost Furcal and will be moving forward with Jamey Carroll at short. They won the game Monday night to move to 6-4.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:12 pm
 

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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

These days I suspect PEDs whenever a player's performance declines dramatically or becomes injury prone.  I hope Furcal does not fit the description.  But if he's pondering retirement it makes you wonder why.  Especially at such a young age.

What has he really done for the Dodgers anyways?  He has put up decent numbers.  .288 BA, 8 HRs & 20 SBs on average over 5 years.  Kind of on par with his production with the Braves. 
There is no reason to suspect Furcal used/uses PEDs...you said it yourself, his numbers with LA are "on par" with what he did with the Braves...no huge surges in speed or power numbers, etc.  His performance as not "declined dramatically", just bit by the injury bug and, at 33, he is not a "young" ballplayer by any stretch.  It is not at all uncommon for players past 30 to "lose a step", injure easier and heal slower. 



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

Why can't the Dodgers give DeJesus a full-time SS opportunity until Furcal comes back?

These days I suspect PEDs whenever a player's performance declines dramatically or becomes injury prone.  I hope Furcal does not fit the description.  But if he's pondering retirement it makes you wonder why.  Especially at such a young age.

What has he really done for the Dodgers anyways?  He has put up decent numbers.  .288 BA, 8 HRs & 20 SBs on average over 5 years.  Kind of on par with his production with the Braves.  But he has been unreliable because of his fragility.

It doesn't look good for him.  He's getting older and slower and some of his injuries have left him permanently damaged.  Maybe its time to give a young promising player confidence and support from the coaching staff and organization.  The Dodgers need to build their next all star SS now. 



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:03 am
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

He'll be back. I think he was just disappointed with what happened. It's only 6-8 week injury.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:55 am
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

Darn it, I was really hoping he would make it through the season injury free! Oh well I guess it wasn't meant to be! I was hoping he would get through the season because his replacement Dee Gordon will be ready next year to join the Dodgers!



Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:50 am
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

He should...too many injuries and he was not producing any offense.....next one that shoukd retire...Derek Jeter....



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:03 am
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

Gordon's not ready. He's an error machine and strikes out too much.
Where's Juan Castro?



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2011 7:56 am
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

It's not, who is available for the Dodgers to trade for, it's what do the Dodgers have to give in trade for a decent SS.  It'll be Carroll for 2 months until Furcall is back.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2011 3:04 am
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

maybe well see gordon get called up?



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:02 am
 

Furcal breaks thumb, pondering retirement?

Who is available for the Dodgers to trade for???


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