Furcal progressing, could play shortstop by weekend
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal carries baseballs during spring training baseball, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal gestures during spring training baseball, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez
JUPITER, Fla. – Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal hit left-handed, made some throws and had what he called a good day during a brief workout Tuesday on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium.
Furcal was one of several regulars who stayed back and did not make the three-hour trip to Fort Myers for Tuesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
The shortstop is dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow and has yet to play the field in games this spring. He has served as the DH and took right-handed at-bats but hasn’t hit left-handed in a game.
“Today I felt more comfortable,” said Furcal, who received an anti-inflammatory shot Friday for his ailing elbow. “I just have to keep throwing. I think by the end of this week I’ll be ready to go.”
Furcal said he could play be cleared to play the field as early as this weekend if things continue to progress as they have the past few days. He missed the final month of last season and the playoffs due to a partially torn ligament in the same elbow.
Asked if he could play the field but just take it easy on throws, Furcal said he could, but, “Sometimes you don’t think when the play happens. A ground ball in the hole you want to throw people out. I want to be on the field and be 100 percent.”
Furcal said he plans to step up the intensity of his throws each day.