Reporting from San Diego -- Rafael Furcal's planned return to the Dodgers was delayed Friday when the shortstop and leadoff hitter said his injured left hamstring was still nagging him.
The Dodgers expected to put Furcal, 32, back in the lineup for their series with the San Diego Padres, but Furcal said before Friday's game that "they don't want me to play today" because the hamstring was "still bothering me a little bit."
Furcal, who was batting .309 when he went on the disabled list, said, "I don't want to say I can play and then go play two innings and then [they] take me out and then put me on the DL again. It's better you lose two days and then don't lose 15 more days."
Asked if he might have to skip the three-game series with the Padres, Furcal said, "I don't know, we've got to see. We'll keep working on it."