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The Cardinals get good news on Rafael Furcal’s elbow

Nov 19, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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We heard yesterday that Rafael Furcal was scheduled to undergo an MRI in order to gauge his progress from a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow. The results are in.

According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said on “Inside Pitch” this afternoon that Furcal’s MRI showed that the ligament in his elbow is completely healed. The expectation right now is that he’ll be 100 percent for spring training.

The Cardinals were mentioned as a potential suitor for Indians’ shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but the good news on Furcal means that they will likely turn their attention to other matters. With that in mind, Mozeliak also mentioned on today’s show that he will be in the market for a left-handed reliever and a veteran bat off the bench.

Furcal, 35, batted .264/.325/.346 with five home runs, 49 RBI and a .671 OPS in 121 games with the Cardinals this season. He is owed $7 million in 2013 and can become a free agent next winter.

  1. cur68 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    They used platelet rich plasma treatment on Furcal’s elbow. A few pitchers might take note of this.

    http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?c_id=stl&content_id=37826378&notebook_id=37826386&vkey=notebook_stl&ymd=20120903

  2. maynardstool - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    I think that’s a whole different animal for pitchers. It’s not really feasible for pitchers IMO.

    • cur68 - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Given that fraying (which is what pitchers suffer from as opposed to Furcal’s problem: one big tear all at once) is basically small tears aggregating into one large injury I’m thinking that PRP might help.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Regardless of Furcal’s alleged “100% healthy” declaration I’d be much more comfy if they remained proactive in the SS market, I’m not sure what “100%” of Raffy is at this point.

    • paperlions - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      Healthy, I think he’s fine….the problem is that healthy in November for Furcal doesn’t mean anything. He was great last year until he screwed up his back…then his elbow. He just can’t stay healthy….no reason to think he’ll be healthy come playoff time next year.

      • spudchukar - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        Actually that isn’t particularly accurate. While he has had 3 injury riddled seasons in the latter part of his career, which is certainly a concern and needs to be addressed, overall Furcal has been quite reliable and has not been constantly injured. Like all of us age affords a more fragile physique, and Furcal has succumbed to this, perhaps due to his less than stellar early year’.s behaviors.

        But he was healthy for most of 2011, and to suggest that he cannot be counted on in 2013 is unfair. More than likely he will be able to perform on a level much like 2011. And with the surprising play of Kozma, and the reliable Descalso at the beck and call, the need for another SS shouldn’t be a prime concern. Should the Cards pick up some insurance, sure. But not at the expense of one of our many young talented arms. Add Wong to the mix and a solid defender, who ideally hits left-handed should suffice.

        Concentration should instead be placed on a lefty relieving specialist and even more importantly a lefty hitting catcher who can give Molina more rest and is not the drop-off Cruz is.

  4. blues1988 - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    we should pull the opposite of stephen strasburg and sit him for the first 2 months, then i think he’ll be useful come playoff time. In all reality i think we should still go after an everyday shortstop, i just don’t he’s able to make it a full season with his age. he had a great first half last year but everyone knows how that ended.

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