Originally written September 25, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
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The St. Louis Cardinals were initially holding out hope that shortstop Rafael Furcal would be able to rejoin the club in time for the end of the regular season or playoffs.  However, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters, including Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, yesterday that Furcal has been ruled out for the remainder of the year:
Mo' rules out Furcal for rest of regular season, playoffs: "The clock 's not on our side." Still believes Furcal can avoid elbow surgery.
— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) September 24, 2012


Furcal has been out since the end of August while dealingwith an elbow injury.  The 34-year-old has avoided surgery up until this point, and Mozeliak is hoping a procedure won’t be necessary at all.  Still, the shortstop’s timeframe for return won’t allow him to rejoin the club this season.
Furcal signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Cardinals in December, and the veteran will return with the club for the 2013 season.  This year he hit .264/.325/.346 with 18 doubles and five home runs over 447 at-bats.
Since Furcal’s been unavailable, the Cardinals have used 24-year-old Pete Kozma as their primary shortstop.  The former first round pick has played well for St. Louis, hitting .273/.327/.523 with six extra-base hits over 44 at-bats.
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