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Rafael Furcal will attempt to rehab torn ligament in elbow

Sep 1, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

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When we learned yesterday that Rafael Furcal had a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the assumption was that he would undergo Tommy John surgery. That’s not the case. At least not yet.

According to Jenifer Langosch of, Furcal will attempt to rehab the injury over the next 4-6 weeks. This timetable leaves open the possibility that he could return if he makes a quick recovery and the Cardinals have another long postseason run. However, the Cardinals will move ahead as if he will not be a factor until 2013. Of course, there’s the chance that the rehab doesn’t work and surgery is required. That scenario would push his return well into the 2013 season.

Furcal, 34, batted .264 with five homers, 12 steals, and a .671 OPS in 121 games this season and is under contract for $7 million next year. Daniel Descalso is expected to get most of the starts at shortstop down the stretch while the light-hitting Pete Kozma was called up from Triple-A Memphis yesterday to provide depth.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Anyone who knows of anyone who successfully “rehabbed” a torn UCL, please raise your hand. Nurse Ratched, please put my scalpels and sutures back in the big mason jar and fill it with alcohol, then leave it in the fridge for six weeks, will you? See you on the table in September, Raffy.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      I am w/ you Gator. He should just have the surgery and be done with it. After all…he’s done for the season either way.

  2. csielski - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    I agree. Just have the surgery and start rehab for the 2013 season when he can have a positive impact again.

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