The Cardinals probably don't win the World Series a year ago if not for Rafael Furcal. Now they'll attempt to win it again without him.
The shortstop was placed on the disabled list Friday and will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The All-Star suffered the injury on Friday night while making a throw to second base.
Furcal got off to a hot start at the plate in April and May but saw his numbers go down fast and they never stopped dropping. The switch-hitter batted just .215 since June 1 and was recently dropped down to No. 8 in the batting order. He hit .264 in ?? games overall.
But while his departure from the lineup may not be felt as much offensively, the 34-year-old will surely be missed in the field. The slick-fielding Furcal helped stabilize the Cardinals defense up the middle when he arrived at the trading deadline last year and he was doing more of the same in 2012.
Furcal, who surprisingly hasn't wo...