JUPITER -- Second baseman and projected leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal said that if his injured left hamstring isn't 100 percent within a couple of days, he feels it would be wiser to start the season on the disabled list and not risk making matters even worse.
If the Marlins decide to place Furcal on the DL, they could make the move retroactive to March 21, which would enable him to come off the injury list on April 5 and miss only the first five days of the season.
"I would prefer to lose five or 10 games and not lose a month or the whole season," Furcal said. "I want to be healthy. That's the only way I can help the team, play every day. They know it. I don't want to play one day and take five days off."
Furcal had a pair of hits in four at bats as a designated hitter in an intra-squad game Monday, but did not go all out when he scored from second on a hit. He said he was simply following instructions to go easy and "felt good" in general.
If Furcal is to go on the DL, his potential replacement in the lineup -- Derek Dietrich -- played in the same intra-squad game while wearing a protective mask for the first time. Dietrich had his nose broken last week by a ground ball. Dietrich could be on the field Tuesday for the Marlins when they face the Cardinals.
The Marlins on Monday whittled the roster by one player, reassigning catcher Kyle Skipworth to minor-league camp. The roster now stands at 38 players, and more cuts are expected in the coming days, as the Marlins get down to their 25-man roster for Opening Day.