JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) – It’s almost a certainty that Rafael Furcal will not be the starting shortstop for the Cardinals on Opening Day, due to a lingering elbow injury.
“He’s got an inflamed ligament. It’s sort of the worst news you could have, because you’d almost rather hear it’s completely torn, because then you’d know exactly what to do,” said Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak on KMOX’s Sports on a Sunday Morning with Ron Jacober.
Mozeliak said Furcal will be shut down from baseball activity immediately, and will be getting a second opinion on his elbow later this week.
He said Furcal had an injured elbow going into the offseason, but opted for rest over surgery because surgery wasn’t really an option, “There wasn’t a surgeon on earth that would have done it. The ligament itself had a grade-one tear, and every doctor you talk to would say to rehab that.”
Mozeliak said with 30 days left in Spring Training, a lot can happen to the big league roster — but he’s been encouraged by the play of Pete Kozma at shortstop the past few weeks, and veteran Ronny Cedeno provides depth.