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Former All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal promoted to Class AA

Rafael Furcal played in nine games for the Miami Marlins in 2014.
Rafael Furcal played in nine games for the Miami Marlins in 2014. The Associated Press

Former All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal was promoted to Class AA Northwest Arkansas as he continues his return from an offseason hamstring tear.

The Royals signed Furcal, 37, to a minor-league deal in March. He has played in nine big-league games since 2013. Kansas City considers him an option as organizational depth. He hit .188 in four games at Class A Wilmington.

“They’re pretty impressed with what he’s doing,” manager Ned Yost said. “He can swing the bat, can play all over in the infield.”

Yost coached Furcal during his 20s as an Atlanta Brave.

“He could fly, he could run the bases, he could steal,” Yost said. “Had power, for a little guy. Could swing the bat from both sides. Terrific baserunner. Great baseball instincts. Cannon for an arm. Great range. Good guy to be around.”

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