The shortstop will be ready for spring training, which could change the Cardinals' offseason plans.
John Mozeliak just told us that Rafael Furcal just had an mri 2 hrs ago and the ligament is completely healed and he is expected to be 100%— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 19, 2012
The 35-year-old Furcal missed the final month of the 2012 season after injuring his ulnar collateral ligament while throwing in late August. The switch-hitter underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection a few weeks later and has been rehabbing ever since.
The Cardinals had been on the hunt for a new shortstop because they feared that Furcal would not be ready for the regular season. Now that Furcal has received a clean bill of health, it is unclear whether St. Louis will continue their pursuit of a middle infielder. The club had been tied to the Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera.