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Dodgers activate Rafael Furcal, place Juan Uribe on disabled list

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With his broken left thumb now healed, Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal was activated Sunday and was back in his familiar lead-off position in the lineup as the Dodgers prepared to play the White Sox in Chicago.

At the same time, the Dodgers placed infielder Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list. Uribe, 32, strained his left hip flexor muscle on a fielding play Friday.

The season wasn’t yet two weeks old when Furcal, 33, the team’s highest paid player with a salary of $12 million, broke his thumb while sliding in a game against the San Francisco Giants.

‘I’m glad to be back,’ Furcal said in the Dodgers clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field before Sunday’s game. ‘I’m ready.’

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As for Uribe, ‘I think we’re expecting him back in 15 [days]’ and not longer, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers’ regular third baseman, Casey Blake, also is on the disabled list after having surgery for a staph infection on his left elbow. He’s hoping to return to the lineup within a week or so after playing some rehabilitation games with triple-A Albuquerque.

-- Jim Peltz in Chicago


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