Furcal to have elbow surgery
A day after Rafael Furcal had Dr. James Andrews examine his right elbow, the Cardinals announced that the shortstop will undergo right elbow surgery next week. That is expected to cost him the entire 2013 season, as the recovery would likely be six-to-eight months.
Furcal had to stop baseball activities a week ago due to renewed discomfort in his right elbow. He first injured his elbow last August and underwent a rest/rehab regimen over the offseason, hopeful that would allow time for his elbow ligament to heal. Furcal reported to Spring Training optimistic about his chances for a full, healthy season, but there were quickly signs that his elbow hadn’t properly healed.
A bone spur began to cause discomfort. Then, after taking at-bats in a “B” game last Thursday, Furcal shut down due to increased pain. An MRI revealed inflammation around the ligament. Furcal visited with Cardinals team physician Dr. George Paletta on Monday before seeing Andrews for a second opinion.
Furcal will have the surgery next week. It will be performed by Dr. Andrews.
More to come soon, as Furcal, Mike Matheny and John Mozeliak are scheduled to address the media shortly.
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