Furcal Leave Game in Sixth With Stiff Ankle

Rafael Furcal was the designated hitter Tuesday night for Inland Empire and although he went hitless, he felt good after the game. But after playing shortstop for five innings in what was thought to have been his final rehab start for the Sixers, he pulled himself from the game with a stiff ankle.

He said he noticed the problem while in the field in the fifth inning when he went into the outfield to take a relay but batted in the sixth before leaving the game. "I didn't want to take a chance," he told the Orange County Register. "It's a little stiff and felt tight when I pushed off of it. But there is no pain."

Furcal, held hitless by rehabbing Bartelo Colon in his first game, singled in the first against another rehab, Jered Weaver, and stole second. He struck out in the fourth and walked in the sixth before leaving the game.

He will have his ankle examined today and with an open date, the Dodgers will wait until Friday to make a decision.

Jason Schmidt, who left the home opener with a leg cramp, said he is good to go against San Diego on Saturday.

He said he was caught up in the game -- he had also homered in his first at-bat -- and had forgotten to keep himself hydrated, thus the cramp.