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Rafael Furcal will have Tommy John surgery next week, plans winter ball return

Mar 8, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Rafael Furcal has scheduled his Tommy John elbow surgery for Wednesday and told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that his next game action will probably come in the Dominican winter league next offseason.

He’s been given a 6-8 month recovery timetable and the door can probably be closed on whatever slim chance there might have been on Furcal making a late-season appearance for the Cardinals.

Next offseason he’ll hit the open market as a 36-year-old coming off major elbow surgery, which is obviously bad news for a shortstop known for his arm strength. And sure enough Furcal told Hummel that he might start out playing second base in the winter league once he does return, both to bring his elbow along slowly and increase his versatility for a potential 2014 gig.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Too bad this wasn’t done AFTER THE SEASON.
    Good luck Rafael. Thanks for the contributions.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      I won’t say it. 😦

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        It’s alright. He’s your homeboy. Say it. I completely understand.
        I am the same way with Indiana’s homegrown talent.
        Plus…I still want the bread pudding.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Ok, you’re off the list. You can have bread pudding…but you have to flirt w/ paperlions if you want olives.

  2. crookedstick - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I bet the Dominican League officials are relieved he’s having this done in the off-season and will be ready to play next winter! Good plan!

  3. okwhitefalcon - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    As much as the timeline sucks on this Furcal ordeal, let’s be honest – he’s stunk for a while and the Cards will very likely get as good or better results from whomever they play there on the short term.

  4. coryfor3 - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    He hasn’t been good for 7 years. I don’t think the Cardinals are going to lose out on much if anything with Pete playing instead.

    • spudchukar - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Funny somehow I remember him announced during the National League All-Star game last year.

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