Cardinals' Rafael Furcal won't be limited by elbow injury

The St. Louis Cardinals have shortstop Rafael Furcal on a program as he continues to recover from the elbow injury he suffered in late August. However, the Cardinals don’t anticipate the veteran having any limitations as a result of the elbow injury, according to Jenifer Langosch of

"He feels like he's pretty much on program," manager Mike Matheny said. "You have to realize what you had last year. We went pretty slow with him and he came out of the box carrying us. We understand that we can put him on a program and we'll be good as long as things point in a healthy direction."
Furcal suffered a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last season. This limited him to 121 games, over which he hit .264/.325/.346 with 18 doubles and five home runs.

The Cardinals are going to take it slow with Furcal, listening to what the trainers are saying and how the shortstop feels through the recovery process. But it sounds like it will ultimately be up to how Furcal responds through the program as to when he returns fully for St. Louis.

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