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Cardinals GM not counting on Rafael Furcal, Lance Berkman

Sep 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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If the Cardinals are going to make a deep playoff run it sounds like it will have to be without shortstop Rafael Furcal and probably without first baseman Lance Berkman too.

General manager John Mozeliak was pessimistic about the chances of either player returning from injury this season and in fact Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that he “all but extinguished hope” for Furcal’s return.

“The clock’s not on our side,” Mozeliak said about Furcal, who hasn’t played since injuring his elbow on August 30 and may eventually need surgery that comes with a six-month recovery timetable.

Berkman’s odds of returning are better, but Strauss reports that he’s yet to swing a bat since undergoing a second knee surgery and has toned down his recent optimism about potentially coming back.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    They are just gonna’ have to do it without them. They have been doing it all year without vital pieces of the clog. From Pitching to defense to offense. All year. They are going to have continue doing so.

    • stex52 - Sep 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      To date they’ve coped rather well. Wish they had another starting pitcher to bring in, though.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    So we can officially start the “Kozmania” movement, alright.

    In other (sort of) Cards news, TLR starts the book tour today so let the goofy headlines and predictable DUI crackbacks begin.

    Yippee!

  3. spudchukar - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Tough news. The Cards have become awfully right-handed. Last years’ switch-hitting options were an under appreciated advantage. Furcal’s absence may hurt, but he most likely cannot recover, especially defensively. A Berkman return really doesn’t come into play until he can DH, and maybe that is still a possibility as that is still weeks away.

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      I don’t think Berkman even comes into play as a DH possibility (if they get that far), give the bat to Matt Carpenter and let him shoot the gaps – dude can rake.

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