Checking in with Rafael Furcal

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Feb 19, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal (15) goes through fielding drills during spring training workouts at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
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(The Chirp) -- In August 2012, he heard a 'pop' in his throwing elbow, and since then we've pretty much not heard from Rafael Furcal.  We did see him in Jupiter, only to learn midway through Spring Training, that his year would end before it began, when Furcal underwent Tommy John surgery. 

That opened the door to Pete Kozma's emergence as the Cardinals everyday shortstop, at least for the season's first half. 

So how is Furcal recovering and what are his plans for the future?  

ESPN 101 Baseball Insider, Brian Stull reports, Furcal returned to St. Louis recently to be evaluated by the team' medical staff and to offer his support to his teammates as they enter the final weeks of September.

"I'm feeling pretty good," said Furcal. "Keep working hard and get in good shape and see what happens. I started throwing a little bit - 45 feet and feeling better."

Stull reports Furcal will be ready to return to baseball activities in December.  "I'm going to play winter ball. I think from that I'll be ready for spring training."

Read the rest of Brian Stull's article here.

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