ESPN reports that former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal has torn his hamstring while playing in the Dominican winter league, apparently dealing a blow to his latest comeback attempt.
The Philadelphia Phillies have been reported to be interested in Furcal this off-season.
The member of the 2011 World Series winners missed all but a handful of games last season when he was with the Miami Marlins thanks to hamstring issues. His Cardinals career ended when he missed the entire 2013 campaign after he tore a ligament in his elbow and had to have Tommy John surgery.
Furcal, 37, had a history of injuries before he arrived in St. Louis. But, if the fact that he's only been able to get healthy enough to play as many as 100 games in a season once since 2010 wasn't enough to convince potential suitors that he's a bad risk, his inability to get on the field for the past two years because of persistent hamstring problems likely will.
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It's a shame that Furcal's career has gone off the rails. He was a great player to have around during the 2011 run, even if he was a step slower then than he was in his prime.
Furcal played the bulk of his career with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. But he got his only championship ring with the Cardinals even if he is somewhat forgotten because of his brief stay in St. Louis.
In 2013 the Cardinals had a memorabilia auction during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. I bid on a 2011 World Series ball signed by Daniel Descalso and when I came back nobody even bid on a similar Furcal ball. So I snapped it up for a minimum bid that probably wouldn't cover the cost of the ball.
What a shame.