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08:13 AM ET 03.04 | These days, even 58-year-old Ozzie Smith looks like a decent option. The Cardinals are a mess at shortstop. With a month to go before the 2013 regular-season opener, a vital position is more tangled than the ligament in Rafael Furcal's damaged right elbow. Furcal is being shut down because of lingering pain and distress. Really? And how can Furcal get shut down when he was never ready to play? This is all very confusing. ... Chris Carpenter's elbow was fine. Lance Berkman's knee was fine. Jon Jay's shoulder was fine. Matt Holliday's back was fine. ... The Cardinals will tell you that this isn't about the ligament. It's a bone spur near the ligament. Whatever. Furcal can't play. And this is ludicrous.

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March 4, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Furcal is falling apart. They are nuts to expect anything from him.

March 4, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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Furcal is falling apart. They are nuts to expect anything from him.

Agreed. My position was that Mozeliak should have invested more in the position than getting Ronny Cedeno this winter. Unfortunately, I think I was right.

March 4, 2013  09:53 AM ET

forgive me father for I knopw not what I do:
Are the Cardinals going on a "Magical Medical Tour" this season?

March 4, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Agreed. My position was that Mozeliak should have invested more in the position than getting Ronny Cedeno this winter. Unfortunately, I think I was right.

I think you were right too.

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March 4, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

forgive me father for I knopw not what I do:Are the Cardinals going on a "Magical Medical Tour" this season?

Looking that way....

March 4, 2013  11:12 AM ET

Rafael Furcal would be gone together with Carl Crawford, something similiar has to do with both players,, injuries in the elbows much alike!!!!

March 4, 2013  11:12 AM ET

Furcal is,,,a injury wreck if notyhing else,,injury-prone for the last 4 years to be exactly,,,

March 4, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Furcal is falling apart. They are nuts to expect anything from him.

but but the cards have alot of options in their minors didn't they????

March 4, 2013  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Furcal is falling apart. They are nuts to expect anything from him.

Isn't he pretty old anyway? Old and in poor health, not a winning combo at a key position.

March 4, 2013  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Isn't he pretty old anyway? Old and in poor health, not a winning combo at a key position.

unlucky cards,,,,can't win before losing,,but but Furcal should retire already,,,injuries had taked a toll on furcal!!!

March 4, 2013  02:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Agreed. My position was that Mozeliak should have invested more in the position than getting Ronny Cedeno this winter. Unfortunately, I think I was right.

Theriot is still available. Where ever Theriot goes the champagne blows

March 4, 2013  04:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Theriot is still available. Where ever Theriot goes the champagne blows

Yeah, the last time we signed an ex-Cub shortstop, we won a championship. Maybe the same will happen with Cedeno.

March 4, 2013  05:30 PM ET

Hold on Bernie, the Cards are not in that bad of shape at SS as you are making it to be. They have four capable players to take over if needed. Your paper on Sunday suggested that they go out and trade Adams for Hardy and assume his 14 million dollar contract, very bad move.

March 4, 2013  07:05 PM ET

Sounds like thd Mets medical staff has relocated west....I knew we'd get back at the "White Rat" eventually....:)

March 4, 2013  08:36 PM ET

He's a good player when he's healthy, I think all his injuries and stints on the DL is why the Dodgers traded him to the Cardinals.....

March 4, 2013  09:14 PM ET
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Hold on Bernie, the Cards are not in that bad of shape at SS as you are making it to be. They have four capable players to take over if needed. Your paper on Sunday suggested that they go out and trade Adams for Hardy and assume his 14 million dollar contract, very bad move.

Hardy isn't a good idea. I wouldn't mind seeing if they could trade Adams for a young promising shortstop. Let the new one, Kozma, and Descalso fight it out for the position. I don't see Cedano as anything more than a bench player.

Are there any teams with a need at first and a spare major league ready shortstop? Probably not. Good shortstops are as rare as good catchers now that PED testing is in full swing. I've had a bad feeling about SS all winter. Who really thought that ligament would heal itself?

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