JUPITER, Fla. (BaseballSTL) -- Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week and will likely miss the entire 2013 season.
Furcal will have the procedure done by Dr. James Andrews, who examined him on Wednesday.
The recovery time is considerably longer for a pitcher who undergoes Tommy John surgery, but most position players typically miss six to eight months. That would all but guarantee that Furcal will not play in 2013.
“For me, it’s very disappointing,” Furcal said. “I worked so hard with the doctors to be ready for spring training. It’s tough for me to lose the whole year. It’s a tough situation for me.”
The switch-hitter signed a two-year, $14 million deal with the Cardinals last winter. He made the All-Star team last summer in Kansas City before missing the final month of the regular season and playoffs due to a partially torn ligament. He shut down his rehab last week after complaining of sharp pain in the ligament.
“Going into this we always knew this was a plausable outcome,” GM John Mozeliak said. “When you think about all the things you could have done this offseason there really never was an opportunity we felt was going to make an impact that would change how we were looking so the way we look at it right now it’s certainly going to be a competition with (Pete) Kozma and (Ronny) Cedeno but there’s no doubt given what Kozma did in the final six weeks of the season last year we have a high level of confidence that he can continue to add that energy and be that type of player we saw.”