The St. Louis Cardinals were afraid this might happen. Rafael Furcal, who has spent the entire offseason and much of the second half of last season rehabbing his elbow, is still not getting better. The Cardinals' shortstop has been shut down entirely for now while the team tries to figure out what to do with him.
Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the problem with Furcal's elbow is bone spurs, but to fix that problem doctors may weaken the ligament. That's just something the Cardinals and Furcal can't afford to do.
Furcal was replaced by Pete Kozma for the most part last season. However this year, the club will look at other options to fill the void if Furcal can't go once Opening Day comes around. Despite the team's ability to make the postseason last year even with Furcal's injury, the Cardinals do not want to go through another portion of the season or entire season without knowing who their full-time shortstop will be.
Furcal is a 13-year veteran. In his career, he has hit .281/.346/.403. Last season in 121 games for the Cardinals, Furcal hit .264/.325/.346.
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