With the latest setback for Rafael Furcal likely knocking him out for the early part of the season, if not longer, there has been a lot of vitriol spewed in Furcal's direction. But is it really warranted?
According to Jennifer Langosch, back in 2012, when he suffered the injury, Furcal was examined by team medical director George Paletta who diagnosed him with a grade 2 UCL strain. Paletta did not recommend surgery, but instead recommended aggressive therapy and platelet-rich plasma injections. Furcal was re-evaluated a month later and the Cardinals saw enough improvement to continue that course.
Surgery was never an option at that time, as echoed by GM John Mozeliak yesterday when he stated "At the time, you couldn’t have found a surgeon who would have recommended surgery, so I don’t think that was an option.”
Did Furcal experience pain during his rehab or any other indications that this course of treatment was not working? We do not know for sure, but everything seemed to b...