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
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.