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The latest on Marlins 2B Rafael Furcal

The Marlins are hoping second baseman Rafael Furcal, who left Friday night's rehab game in Double A Jacksonville with tightness in his right groin, won't have to spend any extra time on his rehab assignment.

Furcal went through pregame drills and didn't complain of any soreness according to manager Andy Barkett, who spoke to Suns beat writer Jeff Elliott of the Jacksonville Times-Union. Furcal took ground balls, went through batting practice and did some light running. He was rested "to be on the safe side," Barkett told Elliott.

"It's just kind of in a day-to-day status right now. He's got 9 days left on his rehab assignment. We'll re-evaluate him tomorrow," Barkett said.

Asked if Furcal would be going with the Suns when they leave Tuesday for a 10-day road trip (Mississippi and Montgomery), Barkett said: "It depends on how he responds and how he feels in a couple of days. I don't know the significance of what he did with the groin, and I don't know if he or the trainers know yet either."

"Is it a pulled muscle, a tight muscle that just needs some rest or what? Did he actually pull it worse than what he's letting on and we don't know? It's hard to say," Barkett said. "But he did do some light running, took his normal ground balls and took five rounds of batting practice. If he had a bad pulled muscle, he couldn't have done any of that."

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