WASHINGTON (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals lost their third straight game -- and maybe their All-Star shortstop, too.
Rafael Furcal might return home from the team's road trip for further tests after straining his right elbow in an 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
Furcal was asked whether he was concerned the injury could end his season.
"Sort of," he said. "It's bad."
With the defending champion Cardinals in the thick of the NL wild-card chase, Furcal left after making back-to-back throws to home and second in the sixth inning. He said he felt a pop and then tingling. He will have an MRI on Friday.
"My wish is nothing crazy," said Furcal, who has never had elbow problems before.
The Cardinals, shut out in consecutive games by Pittsburgh before arriving in Washington, got on the board when Bryan Anderson led off the eighth with a double and scored on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's throwing error. That ended the Cardinals' streak of 28 scoreless innings, ...