The latest news out of Spring Training is that Cardinals short stop Rafael Furcal is hurting, again.
According to Derrick Gould of the Post-Dispatch, Furcal continues to be hampered by pain in his right elbow.
As Furcal put it himself, "It still hurts. A lot."
Of course, by now we should expect an injury to Furcal. Last year he missed 41 games, he missed 75 in 2011 and he missed 65 in 2010 and, at 35 years old, he's not going to magically get healthier.
Based on all that, one would have expected the Cardinals to have a backup plan. Someone to fill in while Furcal is on the shelf.
Instead, we have Ronny Cedeno, Pete Kozma and Ryan Jackson.
First dibs on the short stop job will probably fall to Cedeno--he of the $1.15 million contract and career WAR of -(yes, negative)1.6. Cedeno did a decent job as a utility infielder for the Mets last year (.259/.332/.410 in 166 at bats) and he did start at short for two years for the Pirates from 2010-2011. But there is a reason why the...