No news on Furcal…yet


As of right now, there is no news on Rafael Furcal‘s examination with Dr. George Paletta. It is likely that the shortstop will be seeking a second opinion.
Feb 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal (15) poses for a picture during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
With Ronny Cedeno hitting very poorly this spring, 2007 first round draft pick Pete Kozma is starting for the second day in a row as the Cardinals take on the Minnesota Twins.

Derrick Goold offers a nice profile of 2012 first rounder Michael Wacha. Wacha and 2009 first rounder Shelby Miller took their visit to Texas A&M on the same day. While it has yet to be determined if Wacha starts the season in the big leagues, there’s a decent chance that he will end the season in a St. Louis uniform.

Jennifer Langosch addresses the big elephant in the room. During the first evaluation after the injury and the evaluation a month after the fact, surgery was not suggested.

As of now, it appears that it will likely be the case.

The Cardinals could have gone after then-free agent short stop Stephen Drew over the offseason but they could not guarantee the one thing he was looking for: playing time. Goold does make mention of the bad timing for the Cardinals.

"Drew continues to have several fans within the organization, though if there was interest in acquiring him the timing has never worked out. When the Cardinals were in need of a shortstop via trade, Arizona wasn’t interested in moving him. When the Cardinals sought a shortstop in 2011 — and eventually acquired Furcal from the Dodgers — Drew was injured. Furcal resigned for two years, and when when the A’s dropped the option on Drew to make him a free agent a year early the Cardinals couldn’t offer him the playing time."

This has definitely been one of those weeks where Cardinals fans might be wondering the what-ifs of Edgar Renteria staying a Cardinal until retiring.