The next time the Cardinals take the field, Rafael Furcal won’t be with them.

After an off-day Tuesday, the Cardinals will resume Grapefruit League play on Wednesday but Furcal is expected to be getting a second opinion on his ailing right elbow that day.

“We’ll probably have him see Dr. (James) Andrews on Wednesday,” said Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak on Monday evening. Andrews, a noted orthopedist, has offices both in Pensacola, Fla., and in Birmingham, Ala., so the site of Furcal’s visit is open although it likely will be Pensacola. Mozeliak said he had worked out most the details with Furcal’s agent, Paul Kinzer.

After Furcal suffered a torn ligament in his elbow last Aug. 30, Mozeliak said the doctors who examined Furcal in the aftermath didn’t feel surgery was necessary, which was fine with Furcal because he didn’t want it anyway,

Tests taken in November showed improvement and Furcal came to camp fully expecting to play soon in the exhibition season. Now, he has hurt his arm again and, pending what the doctor says, Furcal surely won’t be playing by opening day and perhaps for a considerable time afterward.

“The probability of him being able to play on opening day (April 1) is a longshot,” admitted Mozeliak.

But Mozeliak said there was no second-guessing to be had here, on whether Furcal should have had surgery or not after last season.