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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - While Rafael Furcal has won raves in the Miami Marlins' camp for his enthusiasm and energy, doubts persist about his hitting and health.

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Furcal sat out the 2013 season after undergoing surgery on his throwing elbow, and he's mounting a career comeback at age 36. The Marlins gave Furcal a $3 million, one-year contract, and expect him to provide veteran leadership as their second baseman.

The three-time All-Star as a shortstop has done plenty of winning, reaching the playoffs nine times in a 14-year career. He was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series championship team in 2011 and made the All-Star team for the third time in 2012.

But his slugging percentage in 2011-12 was only .347, well below his career average of .403, and he began this week 1 for 13 in spring training.

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