ST. LOUIS - Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak figured finding a shortstop would be at the top of his offseason to-do list. Not anymore.
An MRI taken Monday of shortstop Rafael Furcal's right elbow revealed that his torn ligament is completely healed and the club now projects he will be 100 percent by the start of spring training.
"Based on his MRI and the doctors' hands on (examination), he's a player with a completely healed ligament, Mozeliak said Tuesday.
Furcal suffered the injury while making a throw on August 30, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. He attempted to speed up the healing with an injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in early September.
The Cardinals were pessimistic about Furcal's recovery during late September and the postseason, saying they weren't sure they could commit to him being ready to start next season and likely needed to add depth there this winter.
But that appears to have changed with the recent news of Furcal's progress. He wi...