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Rafael Furcal probably has a torn UCL in his right elbow

Aug 31, 2012, 12:34 AM EDT

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The Cardinals lost their third straight game on Thursday night in the nation’s capital. And they might have also lost their starting shortstop.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rafael Furcal is headed back to St. Louis to undergo an MRI for “confirmation” of an ulnar collateral┬áligament in his right (throwing) elbow.

The 34-year-old All-Star told reporters after Thursday’s 8-1 loss to the Nationals that he felt a “tingle” and then a “pop” before exiting in the sixth inning. Daniel Descalso subbed in, and would likely serve as the Cardinals’ primary shortstop down the stretch if the MRI shows what everyone thinks it will. Semi-prospect Ryan Jackson could be recalled from Triple-A Memphis for depth.

Furcal has started at short in 116 of the Cardinals’ 131 games this season while batting .264/.325/.346.

Descalso, a decent defender all around the infield, owns a .245/.316/.334 career slash line.

  1. youjivinmeturkey - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    :*( Dammit. We just cannot catch a break. Or, at least, a Positive break.

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Dammit was the first word in my head when I saw this article as well

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:57 AM

        Sonofabitch was the first word in my head. But dammit works as well.
        It’s been unreal this year. Yeah…I am stickin’ w/ Sonofabitch.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      And the news gets worse, Pete Kozma has been recalled to replace Furcal.

      That’s right, Pete Kozma.

      Jackson will be back soon enough but it doesn’t appear they trust him yet.

      • youjivinmeturkey - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        Kozma? Seriously?!
        That’s No Good, Dude.
        No Good At All. :(

      • jb11squirrel - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        It’s not that they don’t trust Jackson, they just can’t bring him up, because they just optioned him down to memphis, without putting Furcal on the disabled list.

        St Louis Post-Dispatch writer Joe Strauss said this “The Cardinals could have recalled Jackson today but that would have first required disabling Furcal, since Jackson was optioned within the last 10 days.”

  2. whodeytn - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Go Reds.

  3. joewilliesshnoz - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Go Bucs !

    • natslady - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      What is the matter with you people? Cheer for your team, fine, but NOT on a thread about an injured player.

      • ajcardsfan - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        Thank natslady, I’m glad somebody else said it. Anybody that’s a Cardinals fan would have just faced ridicule. I wouldn’t wish any injury on any professional player, physical therapy sucks

  4. kevinleaptrot - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Looked pretty painful last night (on the Nat’s broadcast). He held his throw and then a second or two later was in obvious pain. Bad break for Furcal and the Cards.

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