Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Furcal plays first game in almost two years

MIAMI — Marlins 2B Rafael Furcal was activated from the DL on Friday and hit leadoff in his first game since Aug. 30, 2012.

Furcal, 36, then with the Cardinals, missed the final month of 2012 with a sore right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery in March 2013, missing the year.

Miami signed Furcal in the offseason. But the three-time All-Star hurt his hamstring in spring training. He spent about two months on a minor-league rehab stint that was interrupted twice by a groin injury.

More Marlins: LF Christian Yelich left in the first after straining his lower back while running out a grounder. His status hasn't been determined.

Braves: RF Jason Heyward left in the first with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch. He is day to day.

Cardinals: RHP ace Adam Wain­wright, dealing with tendinitis in his right elbow, is set to play catch today. The team then hopes to decide if he will make his next start. Also, 1B Matt Adams, out since May 29 with a strained left calf, was activated. OF Oscar Taveras, St. Louis' top prospect, was sent down.

Cubs: CF Ryan Sweeney, out since May 3 with a strained right hamstring, returned. INF Emi­lio Bonifacio went on the DL with rib cage inflammation.

D'backs: OF Ender Inciarte went on the concussion DL a day after his head struck Astros SS Jonathan Villar's knee while stealing second base.

Dodgers: C A.J. Ellis was activated. He sprained his right ankle when he stepped on teammate Drew Butera's catcher's mask while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter May 25.

Nationals: Barring a setback, LHP Gio Gonzalez will return next week. He has been out with a sore shoulder since May 17.

Reds: RHP Mat Latos, out all year with a torn meniscus in his left knee then a strained right elbow, will return and start today.

Twins: OF Aaron Hicks went on the DL with a strained right shoulder. He was hurt diving for a ball June 7. Also, ex-Rays OF Sam Fuld, out since May 7, was activated from the concussion DL.

Yankees: RH reliever Heath Bell signed a minor-league deal. The Rays released him May 4 after he went 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in 13 games. He signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles but opted out of it last week.

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