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UPDATE: Rafael Furcal won’t need surgery for thumb; out 4-6 weeks

Giants third baseman Sandoval is unable to tag out Dodgers baserunner Furcal during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (L) is unable to tag out Los Angeles Dodgers baserunner Rafael Furcal (R) during the top of the fifth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


UPDATE: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said earlier tonight that Rafael Furcal’s broken thumb won’t require surgery, but that he’ll still be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

8:48 AM: The Dodgers shut the Giants down yesterday, but now it looks like their shortstop is going to be shut down too: Rafael Furcal broke his left thumb sliding into third base in the fifth inning. He stayed in the game until he was pinch-hit for in the seventh, but he said that he knew it was broke as soon as it happened.

Frucal has had a number of injuries in recent years, including a recently-aching wrist, back problems, and hamstring problems. This one is going to put him on the shelf for six weeks.

Furcal hadn’t started hitting yet -- he was five for his first 26 to kick off the season -- but this is a pretty big loss for the Dodgers. Last year he hit .300/.366/.460 in 96 games. Jamey Carroll, who has started the season off with a hot bat, will take his place. Carroll is no spring chicken -- he’s my age for cryin’ out loud -- so the Dodgers may soon make a move for some infield depth. In the short term, however, they’ll probably call up Ivan De Jesus, Jr. from Albuquerque.