Rafael Furcal to visit Dr. Andrews

Rafael Furcal will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday about his troublesome right elbow, according to St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, who also said it is unlikely the shortstop would be ready to be play by Opening Day.

"The probability of him being able to play on Opening Day [April 1] is a long shot," Mozeliak said Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Furcal, trying to come back from a torn ligament in his elbow, had hoped to make his spring training debut Sunday. Instead, the 35-year-old shortstop was told to stop baseball activities.

"I wish I was ready to play right now in spring training. In my mind, I want to play, but they say I have to take a rest. We have to wait to see what the doctor is going to say," Furcal said Monday, according to MLB.com.

He suffered the injury last August, but an MRI exam in November showed enough improvement that he didn't undergo surgery. Furcal re-injured his elbow while making a sidearm throw last Thursday, and an MRI on Friday showed inflammation around the ligament he injured last year.

"I don't decide if people have surgery or not," Mozeliak said, according to the Post-Dispatch. "I'm not a doctor. I'm a general manager. I can tell you that the information we received was that he did not require surgery. Doctors [including Andrews] that reviewed his MRI and his situation believed that the best thing for him was rest. That's what we did."

With Furcal out indefinitely, Pete Kozma and Ronny Cedeno are the likely candidates to take over at shortstop unless there is a trade.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.