Cardinals SS Furcal hoping for opening day start

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February 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal and his injured elbow may not be ready for Saturday’s first game of spring training. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny insists that shouldn’t be much of a concern. Furcal is working his way back from a strained elbow ligament suffered near the end of last season. There was a concern that he’d have to undergo offseason Tommy John surgery, but Furcal chose to try rehab instead. A 13- year veteran, Furcal hit .264 in 121 games for the Cardinals last season, batting primarily in the leadoff spot.