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Rafael Furcal to undergo elbow MRI later this month

Nov 18, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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The Cardinals are hoping to get some answers soon on Rafael Furcal‘s status for the start of 2013.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the veteran shortstop will undergo an MRI later this month to determine whether there has been any sort of healing in his injured right elbow.

Furcal suffered a partially torn elbow ligament in late August, pushing Pete Kozma into a starting role.

If there isn’t sufficient healing, one wonders if the Cardinals will step up their pursuit of the Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera.

Furcal, 35, batted .264/.325/.346 with five home runs in 531 plate appearances this past season for the National League Wild Card winners. He had a decent first half but faded badly down the stretch.

  1. cardsfanindelaware - Nov 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I know the answer but…

    Why do MLB players wait months and months to FINALLY have the surgery only to miss a substantial amount of the next season recuperating?? If they are diagnosed with torn ligaments, get the surgery done A.S.A.P. and minimize the downtime the next season. That would make that player that much more valuable to the team.

    If the Redbirds go for Cabrera I would let Furcal keep the bench warm for Mabry or Matheny for when they want to sit down.

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