Rafael Furcal needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow


St. Louis Cardinals short stop Rafael Furcal will require Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Furcal has been attempting to rehab the injury since August after it was originally diagnosed as a UCL tear.

The Cardinals will be without Furcal for the entire 2013 season. Taking his place in the lineup will be Ronny Cedeno or Pete Kozma.

The 121 games that Furcal appeared in last season were his most since 2009. Furcal managed a .264/.325/.346 line while stealing 12 bases.

Furcal joins Chris Carpenter as key players who will be unavailable for the 2013 season.

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