LOS ANGELES – Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who signed a $39 million, three-year contract with the Dodgers last month, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Monday the procedure on Furcal’s meniscus cartilage will be minor. Furcal is expected to recover fully in two to three weeks and should be ready when spring training opens, Colletti said. The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles. Colletti said the Dodgers were aware of the problem when they signed Furcal on Dec. 7 at baseball’s winter meetings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It hindered him last season a bit and he had it drained a few times. But it gave us no concern,” Colletti said during a conference call. “We knew there was a possibility he would need a little cleanup on it at some point in time.” The Dodgers’ GM said Furcal probably could have made it through the upcoming season without having surgery, but the Dodgers decided it was better to have it done now. The switch-hitting Furcal, the 2000 NL Rookie of the Year, hit .284 for Atlanta last season with 12 homers, 58 RBIs, 100 runs and 46 steals in 56 attempts. His steals total was third-highest in the NL – and only 12 fewer than the Dodgers had as a team. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Furcal is a .284 career hitter with a .348 on-base percentage. He scored 130 runs in 2003, when he made the NL All-Star team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!