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Marlins Way: Rafael Furcal Closer to Returning


After another loss at the hands of the Nationals, the Miami Marlins are left scrambling to find anything that can right the ship. The answer may be in second baseman Rafael Furcal. Admittedly I am not a huge fan of Furcal’s, but maybe he can provide some confidence or even a spark that can get the team back on the right track. They were playing with so much confidence early in the spring and into the first week of the season, but that seems like a long time ago now. Furcal will likely be placed in the leadoff role and Christian Yelich (who has been swinging a good bat) will slide down into the two spot. According to the Sun-Sentinel, that return could be almost a month away.

Ultimately timely hitting and a solid bullpen will go further than just inserting Furcal into the lineup, but at this point the Marlins are left grasping at straws .

Miami Marlins’ Rafael Furcal plays in his first minor-league rehab … | Sun Sentinel

Rafael Furcal, signed for $3.5 million to be the Marlins second baseman in 2014, played in his first minor-league rehab game Monday night after starting the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

“Our plan is for him to use all 21 [rehab] days,” manager Mike Redmond said. “Hopefully everything goes well and we go from there.”

The 2014 Miami Marlins: One week later | Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins were riding high on a 5-2 record and a fantastic performance, and a week later they have lost six straight games in addition to their Sunday loss to the Padres. How have things changed for the Fish this past week?

Giancarlo Stanton has powerful start to season from Miami Marlins | Miami Herald

April has never been a good month for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Not this April. Stanton is thriving at the plate, though he went hitless in four at-bats Sunday.

Entering the day, Stanton led the majors with 16 RBI and, with four home runs, was one behind Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez and the Giants’ Brandon Belt for the league lead.

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 2 | Chris Logel

The Marlins had a week that they would like to forget. After failing to win a game during the entire week, the Fish took the biggest plunge in our rankings. The Tigers stayed atop the rankings but the gap has closed considerably with the Dodgers, Braves, and Brewers looking very strong.

Nationals vs. Marlins Series Preview (April 14-16) | Chris Logel

The Marlins will have revenge on their mind as they host the Washington Nationals in a series that kicks off tonight in Miami. The downward spiral for the Marlins started a week ago when they were swept by the Nats in Washington D.C.. Miami will hope that home-cooking is just what the doctor ordered for this three game series.

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