Injuries are just one roadblock athletes have to deal with, as the St. Louis Cardinals have discovered. On Thursday, it was announced that shortstop Rafael Furcal will likely miss the remainder of the 2013 season to have Tommy John surgery.
Furcal missed the final six weeks of last year, but decided against having surgery to repair the issue. At the suggestion of Dr. James Andrews, he will undergo Tommy John surgery next week. With a six to eight month recovery period, it is highly unlikely that Furcal will be able to return this season. He expressed his feelings on Thursday, obviously frustrated.
You know for me, especially myself and my family, it's very disappointing. I worked so hard in the offseason to get everything straight, I was working hard with the doctors and the trainers and doing anything I could do to be ready for Spring Training and be ready for the season. It's tough for me to say that I'm going to lose the whole year. For me, I feel like I don't know where my mind is right now. I can't describe it. It's a tough situation for me.
Dr. Andrews suggested the surgery after an MRI was taken last week. A slight tear was revealed along with some inflammation. Andrews told Furcal that he could try to rehab the injury, or he could have surgery if he had plans on playing for a few more years.
The injury to Furcal will open up a spot for Pete Kozma, who took over for him at the end of last year. At worst case, they also have Ronny Cedeno to fill in if needed.