Rafael Furcal's season is over before it even began. The Cardinals shortstop will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox. Furcal is making $7.5 million this season for the Cardinals that is now dead money for St Louis.
In hindsight, Furcal's decision to attempt to rehab his elbow last fall as opposed to getting surgery is looking like a bad one, pushing him behind schedle by six months. It's looking like the battle between Pete Kozma and Ronny Cedeno for the starting shortstop job will be for the entire season as opposed to just "the foreseeable future", which was the competition when Furcal was indefinitely shut down earlier this week.
Furcal has missed time with injuries in four out of the last five seasons, and the 35-year old seems snakebitten at this point in his career. You've gotta wonder what this surgery means for his career, and whether or not he'll have any major league starting jobs waiting for him this winter.