VIERA, Fla. Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal suffered a recent setback while rehabbing from a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and has stopped all baseball-related activities.
Furcal reported progress earlier in the week and had hoped to begin playing in the field as early as Saturday. But things changed later in the week and an MRI taken Friday revealed Furcal has an inflamed ligament.
He'll seek a second opinion this week, likely from Dr. James Andrews. Surgery could force him to miss the entire 2013 season.
"He's just not feeling good and kind of went in a bad direction," said manager Mike Matheny. "We don't know the severity of it but it wasn't good news.
"I'm not getting too far ahead in any one direction, but we know that he's done quite a bit of rehab and to go backwards isn't necessarily a good sign."
The 35-year-old Furcal missed the final month of the regular season and playoffs last fall due to the elbow injury. But he rehabbed the elbow and an MRI in lat...