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Rafael Furcal given anti-inflammatory injection for elbow

Feb 23, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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Rafael Furcal‘s status is not getting any rosier.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the veteran shortstop had to be given an anti-inflammatory injection Friday in Cardinals camp due to lingering pain in his right (throwing) elbow.

The shot will keep Furcal from non-hitting drills for the next couple of days and will probably push his Grapefruit League debut back at least one week.

Furcal tore a ligament in his right elbow last August during a game against the Nationals and was unable to return to action. And now he is questionable to be ready for the opening of the 2013 regular season.

The Cards’ emergency options at short are Ronny Cedeno, Pete Kozma and Ryan Jackson. Yikes.

  1. paperlions - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Not to be realistic or anything, but the Giants won the WS with Brandon Crawford at SS. Kozma and Jackson can’t be much (if any) worse than he is with the bat and both are good with the glove. For positions like SS, giving away defensive value for a little offense is a break even proposition.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      So far today, 1 article on the Cards, none on the AL Champs…FYI.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        Keeping score?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Wait til you get to one of my later posts. :)

        Good weekend, Woodpecker?

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Not bad…thank you. Over too damn quick. Like always.
        How about you? Do anything entertaining?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Nope. I did some grading and followed the baseball on the gametrax.

    • okwhitefalcon - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      Unfortunately we could be staring down the barrel of “Starting and batting 8th, SS Ronny Cedeno.”

      I think Kozma’s next with Jackson bringing up the rear.

      If Matt Carpenter actually makes the adjustment to 2nd, I suspect Descalso jumps ahead of the pack and gets a majority of the time at short by default.

      Not exactly the Ozzie and Herr(iet)…

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Realistically…who you trying to sell that too Paper?
      Either way…I am not buying it.

      • paperlions - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        All I am saying is the Giants won last year with Crawford at SS…..and he is pretty horrible.

  2. baseballisboring - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    2nd base doesn’t look any better, that’s gonna be one weak middle infield this year if they don’t get something out of Furcal.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    All Hail Pete Kozma!
    Ugh…..

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