Furcal injures ankle in collision

Furcal injures ankle in collision

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal was carted off the field with a left ankle injury sustained when he collided with center fielder Jason Repko in the first inning of Thursday's game against Baltimore.

Furcal was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which came out negative. The initial diagnosis was a moderate sprain of his ankle.

Furcal was racing into shallow center field and Repko was charging for Corey Patterson's blooper when Repko slid and appeared to pin Furcal's left foot on the ground as they made contact. Furcal grabbed his left leg and rolled in pain until teammates and trainers attended to him.

Furcal played in the opening game of the spring, then missed 10 days with a repeat of shoulder tenderness he experienced last spring. Otherwise, he has been something of an ironman for the Dodgers, playing in 159 games last season.

Two innings after the collision, Repko came out of the game with a left hamstring injury. Thursday's game marked Repko's first start since missing 10 days with a groin strain.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.