Rafael Furcal RUMORS & NEWS

  • Rafael Furcal announces his retirement after 14 seasons

    Hardball Talk "Three-time All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal has decided to retire at age 37 after injuries derailed numerous comeback attempts in recent years. Furcal debuted for the Braves in 2000, winning the Rookie of the Year award, and spent the next decade as one of the league’s best all-around..." May 19

  • Royals sign infielder Rafael Furcal

    Royals Review "The Royals have signed long-time veteran infielder Rafael Furcal, in a story broken by our own BHWick and confirmed by beat writer Andy McCullough. Terms have not been disclosed. The 37-year old Furcal is a fourteen year Major League veteran with a career line of .281/.346/.402. He spent 2000-2005..." March 17

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    Joe Frisaro @JoeFrisaro

    Nothing official yet, but Furcal will be headed to DL. Corresponding move tomorrow. #Marlins Do the math on replacement.

  • Furcal could make Marlins debut this weekend

    Miami Herald "After a successful rehab assignment stint in recent days with Double-A Jacksonville, Rafael Furcal is returning to Class A Jupiter to play in a few more games. The Marlins aren't saying exactly when Furcal is scheduled to come off the disabled list. Indications are it will be soon. Furcal,..." June 11

  • Marlins' Rafael Furcal suffers injury setback during rehab stint

    Fish Stripes "The Miami Marlins had initially planned to have Rafael Furcal fill in the second base position instead of incumbent candidates Donovan Solano, Derek Dietrich, or Ed Lucas. But so far in 2014, that plan has yet to come to fruition, as Furcal suffered a hamstring injury during Spring Training and..." May 05

  • Furcal comeback bid stalls again during rehab assignment

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Rafael Furcal's second attempt at a rehab stint again ended prematurely. Playing his first game for Double-A Jacksonville Friday since a groin strain ended his first comeback bid from a hamstring injury, Furcal exited early. Scheduled to play nine innings, he departed in the fourth complaining..." May 03

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    Joe Frisaro @JoeFrisaro

    Update on Rafael Furcal, right groin injury. Doing baseball activities today to see if he can play Sunday #Marlins

  • Furcal agrees to one-year deal with Marlins

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Miami Marlins are adding a veteran bat to their infield, just not at the position most anticipated. A league source confirmed a Fox Sports report that Rafael Furcal has agreed to a one-year deal to be the club's starting second baseman. The contract is believed to include a $3 million to..." December 06

  • Mets showing interest in Furcal

    ESPN New York "With Jhonny Peralta having signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and Stephen Drew likely beyond the Mets' spending appetite, the Mets are expressing interest in Rafael Furcal, the free-agent shortstop told Enrique Rojas at ESPNDeportes.com. "Many teams have shown interest," Furcal told Rojas in..." November 30

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    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    The Pirates are one of eight teams to check in on free agent SS Rafael Furcal, according to his agent

  • Mets interested in Rafael Furcal

    Newark Star-Ledger "Mets officials did not disguise their disappointment in Ruben Tejada this season. As the young shortstop, now 24, trudged through an injury-plagued nightmare season, general manager Sandy Alderson publicly questioned his work ethic and declared he was not part of the team’s future “core.” Manager..." November 05

  • Furcal elects to have elbow surgery

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After being resistant to the idea when the injury first occurred, Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal has decided to have ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow, a procedure that could keep him off the field for the 2013 season. Furcal and the Cardinals announced this morning that Furcal..." March 07

  • Furcal to be examined by Andrews

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "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...." March 05

  • Furcal to be examined by Dr. James Andrews

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "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...." March 04

  • Cardinals shut down Rafael Furcal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal has had a significant setback in his recovery from a torn ligament in his right elbow and the club is now left to pursue options for treatment. As Rick Hummel reported in this morning's Post-Dispatch, Furcal experienced ongoing and increasing pain in the right..." March 03

  • Furcal is ‘not getting better’

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Not only was Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal unable to play Saturday, which had been his target date a few days before, he has no idea when he again will test his ailing right elbow. Furcal, who suffered a torn ligament in the elbow Aug. 30 and then was plagued by a bone spur this spring,..." March 03

  • Matheny back; Beltran, Furcal are not

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came off the 1-day disabled list today, even though he probably was far from 100 percent. Overnight on Thursday/Friday, Matheny said he was “locked up” with a herniated disc in his lower back which affected his right leg. “Then when that got me to the point..." March 02

  • The St. Louis Cardinals' Rafael Furcal backup plans get even weirder

    Viva El Birdos "Last week we wondered whether the St. Louis Cardinals really expected Rafael Furcal to play a starter's share of games this season, despite his many and varied injury problems. On Monday Joe Strauss answered: No, probably not. Here's the blockquote, which should make the Cardinals' decision to go..." February 26

  • Today in Jupiter: Furcal starts at DH, Carpenter at 2B

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In an attempt to get him two plate appearances from the right side of the plate -- the side his balky elbow will allow him to swing comfortably -- the Cardinals will start Rafael Furcal today at designated hitter and leadoff for their game against Boston. The Red Sox, journeying from the other..." February 24

  • Furcal gets anti-inflammatory shot for right elbow

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Switch-hitting shortstop Rafael Furcal may take his first at-bat of spring training because the situation is right, not because his elbow is yet. Furcal received an anti-inflammatory shot in his right elbow on Friday, the shortstop confirmed this afternoon. The more aggressive treatment to tame..." February 23

  • His elbow still achy, Furcal hits only from right side

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal continues to be hampered by pain in his right elbow, and on Thursday the club suggested that the switch-hitter only bat from the right side of the plate, limiting the stress caused on his elbow by batting lefthanded. Furcal said the soreness in the elbow was..." February 21

  • Good news on Furcal's elbow

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The encouraging news the Cardinals received last week about Rafael Furcal's right elbow was confirmed Monday by a scan taken of the shortstop's injured arm, general manager John Mozeliak told a national radio show. After returning to his offseason home from the Dominican Republic, Furcal met..." November 20

  • Rafael Furcal ruled out for rest of season due to elbow injury

    Hardball Talk "Rafael Furcal is currently rehabbing a strained ligament in his right elbow. He was originally given a 4-6 week timetable, which left open the long shot possibility that he could return if club goes on another deep run in the postseason, but the Cardinals closed that window today. According to..." September 25

  • Furcal goes on DL, is done for year

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals placed shortstop Rafael Furcal on the disabled list Friday, a move that represents a tacit admission that the All-Star defender will miss the remainder of the season with a damaged elbow ligament. An MRI performed on Furcal's elbow discovered a tear of the ulnar collateral..." September 01

  • Furcal torn UCL; will miss rest of season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals officially have placed Rafael Furcal on the disabled list while unofficially conceding the All-Star shortstop's season is over. A magnetic resonance imaging performed in St. Louis this afternoon found a tear in Furcal's right ulnar collateral ligament. Even a minimal, or Grade I,..." August 31

  • Rafael Furcal strains elbow

    ESPN "St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal might return home from the team's road trip for further testing after straining his right elbow in an 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. Furcal was asked whether he was concerned the injury might end his season. "Sort of,"..." August 31

  • Furcal leaves game with arm issue

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "An eroding road trip is becoming a harmful one as well. Shortstop Rafael Furcal left Thursday's sixth inning with an apparent forearm issue after assisting on a force out. Furcal made a cross-fire throw to second base for the inning's second out then grabbed at his arm. Head athletic trainer..." August 30

  • Furcal decides to play it safe

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal felt enough of the tension ease in his lower back to take part in the team's pregame work Tuesday, but he said he'd rather miss a few more games now than push himself into an extended absence as he did once before. "That happened when I was in LA (with the..." August 01

  • Furcal sends Cards home happy

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Somewhere between first and second base the mob engulfed Rafael Furcal. They ripped at his jersey, punched him, grabbed him and made the little shortstop a throw toy. Thanks, the Cardinals were saying, for breathing life back into a season. An out away from suffering one of the worst in a..." July 09

  • Cards Notebook: Furcal catching on with voters

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal, who never has been voted an All-Star Game starter, has taken over the balloting lead at shortstop for the National League team for the July 10 All-Star Game in Kansas City. Furcal leads Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki by some 94,000 votes. "They finally want to..." June 20

  • Health is the key to Furcal's hot start

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Rafael Furcal knows himself better than you do. And if pressed, he'll tell you he knows himself better than the organization that acquired him last July or the manager who took over the Cardinals last November. He knows well the kind of player he was when earning recognition as National..." May 13

  • Furcal stays hot in leadoff position

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It was not necessarily one of those "happy flights" the Cardinals took to Pittsburgh on Thursday night after their 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. After winning 10 consecutive getaway-day games in September and October covering the regular season and postseason last year, the..." April 20

  • Freese, Furcal break out

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The saying goes that they don't put your spring training averages on your bubblegum cards. If they did, David Freese and Rafael Furcal would have enjoyed the gum more, and that's saying something for anybody who has had that particular chewing experience. Third baseman Freese, the World Series..." April 05

  • Good health a goal for Furcal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A December game of catch has led to a March game of catch-up for Rafael Furcal. During the interim between the Cardinals shortstop filing for free agency and re-signing with the club for two years, Furcal felt sharp pain on his lower right side while throwing a ball to his daughter outside his..." March 05

  • Furcal solidifies Cardinals' defense

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When shortstop Rafael Furcal made his first start for the Cardinals last season on Aug. 1 in Milwaukee, third baseman David Freese said he felt this jolt of energy to his left, a mix of range, spunk and kinetic edge. Freese pulled his new teammate aside in the clubhouse. "Whatever you have,..." March 01

  • Cards agree to terms with shortstop Furcal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "On the day first baseman Albert Pujols makes his departure from the Cardinals official, the team he left behind has already moved on to address other needs. The Cardinals will finalize a two-year, $14-million deal with shortstop Rafael Furcal early next week. The deal has been agreed upon..." December 11

  • Furcal is waiting on the Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With baseball's free agent market officially open for business and players permitted to sign with any bidder, Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal has already received initial overtures from a half dozen teams. But he's willing to wait for the Cardinals. Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, said he has..." November 04

  • Cardinals decline options on Furcal, Dotel

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals declined to exercise the 2012 options on contracts for shortstop Rafael Furcal and reliever Octavio Dotel, allowing each veteran to reach free agency but not closing the door entirely to the club's interest in their return. The Cardinals officially exercised the 2012 option for..." November 01

  • Holliday and Furcal return to lineup for Cards

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Matt Holliday, who had been sidelined with a tendon injury in his right hand, was back in the Cardinals' lineup today for the first time since Sept. 13. But his baserunning form was not quite back. Holliday, after reaching base on a two-out error in the fourth, ran into an inning-ending..." September 24

  • Furcal has reasons for not running

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals leadoff man Rafael Furcal has hit six home runs — five against Milwaukee — since coming in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. But until Friday night, he had no stolen bases for the Cardinals and had tried to steal just once. Furcal said he didn't know he was two..." September 10

  • Furcal returns Cards' interest

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Shortstop Rafael Furcal has made a strong impression on his new team. Furcal says the feeling is mutual. Stopping short of offering his hopes for next season, Furcal made clear that he is open to hearing what the Cardinals may have to say about making him part of their 2012 team, or..." September 06

  • Former Dodger Rafael Furcal 'doing pretty good' in St. Louis

    Los Angeles Times "Now wearing Cardinals red instead of Dodgers blue, veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal said he was adjusting quickly to his new surroundings in St. Louis. "I'm doing pretty good," he said before Monday's game. "I'm not hitting the way I'm used to hitting, but I'm playing good defense and I'm on the..." August 23

  • Furcal misses another game

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When the Cardinals fail to catch a break, they still can't dodge a sprain. Shortstop Rafael Furcal missed a second straight start in Sunday night's nationally telecast game against the Chicago Cubs because of a severe thumb sprain suffered in a fall before Saturday's 3-0 loss. Furcal, whom..." August 22

  • Furcal comes up big for Cards

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As hitting streaks go, Rafael Furcal's is modest by any standard. In crafting a six-game skein, the new Cardinals shortstop has had only seven hits in 28 at-bats, which is a .250 average. While that may seem pedestrian, Furcal was batting just .205 when the streak started. Now he is all the way..." August 12

  • Dodgers finalize Rafael Furcal's trade to St. Louis and pick up other pieces

    Los Angeles Times "Ned Colletti compared the timing of the acquisition to that of Manny Ramirez. Only this time, the Dodgers general manager wasn't getting a 12-time All-Star to fortify the team's offense for a playoff push. In a three-team deal consummated only minutes before Sunday's non-waiver trading..." August 01

  • Dodgers to get Alex Castellanos from Cards to complete Furcal trade

    Hardball Talk "The deal isn't quite official yet, but Rafael Furcal has waived his 10-and-5 rights and will accept a trade to the Cardinals. As for who the Dodgers will get in return, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch reports that it'll be a one-for-one swap with Double-A outfielder Alex Castellanos..." July 31

  • Dodgers suffer through two losses: one to Arizona, the other probably Rafael Furcal

    L.A. Daily News "When the Dodgers take the field for today's game, they will do so knowing that this will be their team the rest of the way. The trade deadline will have passed and, except for possible moves via the waiver wire, they will have said goodbye to any familiar faces shipped to contenders. While..." July 31

  • Cardinals seal deal for Furcal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals on Saturday acquired shortstop Rafael Furcal and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a minor-league outfielder the teams have yet to identify. The deal became final when Furcal, who possesses sufficient service time to veto any trade, waived his privilege. Furcal..." July 31

  • Cards seek shortstop, talk to LA about Furcal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With less than two days remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Cardinals have focused on acquiring a shortstop in a market an official with the team once described as thin on options at that position. As part of their search for an upgrade at shortstop, the Cardinals have had..." July 30

  • Furcal to SF?

    ESPN "On another Dodgers front, one exec who spoke with them reports the Giants have talked to L.A. about shortstop Rafael Furcal. " July 28