Dodgers Lose Rafael Furcal, Game To Reds, 2-1

The Dodgers suffered more injuries on Friday night, both before and during their 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Before the game, Vicente Padilla wasn't activated from the disabled list as planned because he was experiencing pain in his neck. During the game, Rafael Furcal injured his left side on a throw to third base and exited the game after two innings.

After the game, manager Don Mattingly didn't have any official update or MRI results for Furcal, but said it was likely that Furcal hurt his oblique, which would almost certainly mean multiple weeks off for the shortstop. Padilla, who was on the DL with irritation in his right radial nerve in his arm, was on the disabled list last season with a bulging disc in his neck.

On the field, Hiroki Kuroda was sloppy, with four walks (one intentional), but reasonably effective. He only allowed two runs, both on a bases-loaded single by Scott Rolen in the fifth inning, but those two runs held up for Cincinnati. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier each had two hits and a walk, but the rest of the offense was 2-for-25, with no walks.

The earliest Juan Uribe can be activated from the DL is Sunday, so the Dodgers might call up an infielder from Triple A Albuquerque for tomorrow's game. Ivan DeJesus or Russ Mitchell would seem to be the leading candidates for the temporary spot. Clayton Kershaw faces off with Johnny Cueto on Saturday afternoon on Fox.

For more news and information about the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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