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Rafael Furcal ruled out for rest of season due to elbow injury

Sep 24, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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Rafael Furcal is currently rehabbing a strained ligament in his right elbow. He was originally given a 4-6 week timetable, which left open the long shot possibility that he could return if club goes on another deep run in the postseason, but the Cardinals closed that window today.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has officially ruled Furcal out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.

Furcal received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow on September 4, but has yet to resume throwing. Mozeliak still believes he’ll be able to avoid surgery, but said the clock simply “was not on our side” for him to contribute again this year. The 34-year-old shortstop batted .264 with five homers, 12 steals, and a .671 OPS in 121 games this season and is under contract for $7 million in 2013.

2007 first-round pick Pete Kozma has emerged as the starting shortstop in Furcal’s absence. The 24-year-old launched his first major league home run in yesterday’s win over the Cubs and has another one tonight against the Astros.

  1. Elmer Austin - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Stop

    Sent from my iPhone 5

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      *over the top eyeroll combined with jerkoff motion from my right hand*

      Sent from my 4 year old Droid X

  2. farristolesome - Sep 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    They will be ok.

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