Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/29/14
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal was supposed to make his 2013 Spring Training debut in the field over the weekend. Now he may not be playing at all in 2013.  The veteran 35-year-old shortstop suffered a set back in the rehab of his partially torn ligament in his throwing arm and the news is obviously not good [via Fox Sports Midwest]:  "He's just not feeling good and kind of went in a bad direction," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We don't know the severity of it, but it wasn't good news. "I'm not getting too far ahead in any one direction, but we know that he's done quite a bit of rehab and to go backwards isn't necessarily a good sign." [...] "Right now, he's just having pain standing around," Matheny said. "With the way he's talking, it sounds like the ligament may be problems. We don't know for sure, but things are pointing in that direction." Furcal, as you might remember, elected to rehab the elbow rather than get surgery. He missed the final month of the 2012 season and the entire playoffs, but was expected to make it back in time for Spring Training, if all was healed. The obvious risk in that approach was that it would not heal and he'd have to undergo surgery anyway, forcing him to miss an entire season rather than just a chunk of it. Furcal is entering his final year of a two-year, $14 million deal he signed before last season.  With Furcal out and his season looking bleak, the Cardinals will again likely turn to youngster Pete Kozma, who filled in admirably for the final 26 games of 2012 (.333/.383/.952) and played well against the Nats in the NLDS. Kozma has picked up right where he left off last season with nine hits in 20 at bats this spring. The Cardinals also added Ronny Cedeno in the offseason for insurance, but I have to believe it's Kozma's job to lose now.  [follow]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Michigan brass in Bay Area for Jim Harbaugh pursuit

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.