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Rafael Furcal’s comeback will begin on the disabled list

Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

Rafael Furcal Marlins AP

After missing all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery Rafael Furcal signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Marlins, but his comeback has hit an immediate snag.

Furcal hasn’t played since March 15 because of a strained hamstring, so he’ll begin the season on the disabled list and either Jeff Baker or Derek Dietrich will start at second base.

Even before the elbow injury Furcal wasn’t much good for the Cardinals in 2012, hitting just .264 with five homers, 12 steals, and a .671 OPS in 121 games.  He was even worse in 2011 and is now 36 years old playing a position here’s rarely played, so even if Furcal can recovery quickly from the hamstring injury he’s hardly a good bet to be a productive regular in Miami.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    This may be a bit of a nitpick, and it may be a stupid question, but I was always encouraged to ask stupid questions because that’s how we all learn, but does not Tommy John surgery already imply the procedure was on the elbow? I mean, there isn’t Tommy John surgery of the knee right? I’m sure the same basic principal may apply, but is it referenced as something different at that point? Is saying Tommy John elbow surgery akin to saying ATM machine? And no, I’m not being a smartarse, I’m actually interested in a serious response.

    • Professor Fate - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      The only stupid question is the one not asked.

  2. nsstlfan - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Tommy John surgery is only on the elbow.

  3. kyleshabram - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Furcal has been quite the money pit the last few years. STL paid him 13 MIL for 121 games over 2 seasons! If he would’nt’ve started out scorchingly hot at the beginning of the 2012 season, his bleak numbers would look almost identical to Descalso’s or Kozma’s.
    I don’t really know why any team would sign an aging, rapidly declining player for 3 MIL (quite alot for a 47 MIL payroll) to play a position he probably hasn’t played in at least 15 years, if he’s ever played it at all. After all, if you’ve been a star SS your whole career in the Big leagues, I can’t imagine him being a 2B growing up, ya know.
    Seems odd, especially considering they’ve got some guys that can’t be much worse.

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