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Furcal pulled off rehab assignment with tight groin

NEW YORK – Rafael Furcal doesn’t look like he’s going to be returning to the Marlins anytime soon.

Sunday, the Marlins decided to cut short his rehab assignment, two days after his right groin tightened up on him while running the bases for Double A Jacksonville.

The Marlins paid the 36-year old second baseman $3.5 million to serve as the team’s leadoff hitter. But he injured his left hamstring in the middle of spring training and began the season on the disabled list.

President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill said before Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the Mets that if the Marlins pulled Furcal off his rehab assignment he would likely sit out five, six days and then restart his rehab.

"We were starting to see much more consistent at-bats," Hill said of Furcal. "His hamstring feels great. His defense has been solid. So, it's just a matter of making sure his body is ready what he's going to undergo here."