Rafael Furcal injury: Cardinals shortstop to have Tommy John surgery

Dilip Vishwanat

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that shortstop Rafael Furcal's elbow injury will require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament.

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that shortstop Rafael Furcal's elbow injury will require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament, according to Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Furcal's expected recovery period is eight months.

The Cardinals were preparing to start the regular season without a healthy Furcal, but based on their current backups it wouldn't appear they were planning on him missing the entire 2013 campaign.

As recently as this weekend, St. Louis continued to hold out hope -- at least publicly -- that Furcal's setback would not sideline him for an extended period of time.

At this point, the Cardinals are left to choose from in-house alternatives Ronny Cedeno and Pete Kozma. Cedeno offers the team more experience, while Kozma has more upside and performed well over a limited stretch last season.

If they find their own replacement options unappealing, the Cardinals could potentially look to the trade and free agent markets.

Cardinals fans are unlikely to take the news well. Beyond the fact that they'll be without their projected starting shortstop for what is expected to be the entire season, fans will likely wonder (aloud) if this situation could have been avoided.

If Furcal underwent the procedure following the 2012 season, he would be on pace to return around the All-Star break. Fans could also lament the fact that St. Louis didn't prepare better reserve options considering Furcal's age and recent injury history.

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