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
(KSDK Sports) -- The Cardinals continue to be very cautious with shortstop Rafael Furcal's elbow health as the team is on the eve of opening up Grapefruit League competetion. Furcal has reportedly been feeling some discomfort in the elbow.
"We knew he was feeling it the day before. We'll take what we can get when we can get it and realize that last year he was on an adjusted program from the beginning also," said Matheny on Friday.
Furcal, 35, was injured late in August 2012 when he damaged an elbow ligament in his throwing arm. In lieu of surgery, he opted for a physical therapy stint late in the year and the Cardinals have since been optimistic about his return.
Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reported that Furcal underwent therapy from a Miami-area training staff over the winter months. She reported that the trainers, under direction of the Cardinals medical staff, had cleared Furcal to throw just two months after his Aug. 31 injury.
"We're going go listen to Rafael. We're going to watch. We know exactly what's going on there. There's going to be days he feels better and days he's not," said Matheny.