St. Louis Cardinals' general manager John Mozeliak is taking a lot of heat of late because of the situation the team now faces at the shortstop position. Knowing that shortstop Rafael Furcal could miss some time this season due to an elbow injury, Mozeliak's only move during the offseason was to bring in journeyman Ronny Cedeno.
Now, Furcal has been shutdown and Mozeliak has come under scrutiny and many are blaming the general manager now that the team must rely upon Cedeno, Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso to man the most important defensive position on the infield.
But placing blame on Mozeliak may be unfair. The blame should be pointed directly towards Rafael Furcal.
Furcal was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his elbow and was given the opportunity in October to fix the ailment. Furcal chose, with the team's blessing, to avoid surgery and attempt to rehab the elbow in an attempt to be ready for opening day as opposed to mid-season.