Rafael Furcal expected back in 25-30 days, plus other Dodgers injury updates


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Top prospect Dee Gordon is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff for the Dodgers on Tuesday, something he could be doing for the next month.

Manager Don Mattingly said Rafael Furcal, whom Gordon is replacing, isn’t expected back for 25-30 days. Furcal received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his strained side muscle.


Sidelined pitchers Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland are facing more uncertain recoveries. Mattingly said the Dodgers don’t have a timetable for either of them. Padilla underwent an MRI exam on Monday, which showed inflammation in a disk in his neck. A similar problem sidelined him for the final month of last season.

Sidelined relievers Hong-Chih Kuo and Kenley Jansen will both be pitching in minor-league games on Thursday, Kuo with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Jansen with Double-A Chattanooga.

The decision for Kuo to pitch was made by the left-hander himself. Kuo is on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder.

Jonathan Broxton threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw another on Thursday.

-- Dylan Hernandez in Philadelphia