SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal suffered a broken thumb sliding headfirst into third base during Monday night's game with the San Francisco Giants. He is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, and while club officials didn't want to offer a prognosis until after Furcal meets with a hand specialist in Los Angeles, injuries of this nature typically take four to six weeks to heal.
Furcal left the game after the bottom of the sixth inning and immediately had the thumb X-rayed at AT&T Park. That X-ray revealed the fracture.
Furcal actually hinted at retirement, but that seemed to be nothing more than an emotional reaction to having received the bad news.
"I'm thinking about retiring if I can't get back to being healthy," said Furcal, who has a history of back injuries and missed a month each last season with injuries to his lower back and right thigh. "I was feeling so good with my back, and now I break my finger."