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Rafael Furcal Perseveres Through Struggles

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Dodgers’ shortstop Rafael Furcal had a week for the ages batting .538 (14-for-26) with nine runs scored and 24 total bases from June 28 to July 4, 2010. With a week like that Major League Baseball named Furcal the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week Tuesday morning taking Furcal by surprise.

“It’s very special,” Furcal said. “It took me by surprise. Somebody told me, but I didn’t believe them.”

Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre was happy for Furcal.

“I’m happy for him,” Torre said. “He’s such a major part of what we do because of the energy he gives us at the top of the order.”

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And Furcal had some big obstacles to overcome this season. Placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring on April 28, he missed 24 games after starting the season batting .309 with two triples and eight stolen bases. He came back on May 25 and for the next three weeks seemed to have not missed a beat batting just over .300 in that span. However throughout that period he had a heavy heart knowing his father and former hitting coach Silvino was hospitalized in the Dominican Republic after getting hit in the chest by a horse.