Although Rafael Furcal has indicated that he would be ready to go on Opening Day and would be ready to play this season, his elbow is still clearly bothering him. The veteran shortstop felt a pop last season and spent the end of the year on the disabled list. Fortunately, he did not have to undergo surgery, but he says the pain is still there.
According to Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com, Furcal has been told to take things easy for the next few days.
Asked about his elbow, Rafael Furcal said, "It still hurts. A lot." #STLCards told him to take it easier today after pushing yesterday.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) February 21, 2013
The St. Louis Cardinals scrambled to find Furcal's replacement last season, and they did a decent job. Pete Kozma filled in for the most part, and he performed well. However, the club would love to have Furcal back on the field full-time.
Furcal will be entering his 14th season in the Majors this year. It will be his third year (and final year of his contract) with the Cardinals. In his career, Furcal has hit .281/.346/.403. He's a three-time All-Star and won the National League Rookie of the Year back in 2000.