Originally Posted by PuffyPig
Isn't that a typical scenario with the Card's medical staff?
(1) Diagnose a player near the middle to end of a season with an injury.
(2) Prescribe rest becuse surgery not required.
(3) Presribe season ending surgery in spring training.
Exactly. This has been the modus operandi for this origination for years. Cardinals fan have called this idea "Mark Mulder road". Most Cardinals fans, including me, knew Furcal was going to be out for a long time. The Cardinals organization seemed to keep it's head in the sand on the issue and not address the SS position in a legit way in the off season. It was frustrating at first to see this process with the Cardinals but after a while, you get used to the pie in the sky hope instead of any logical course of medical procedures for players.
That said, even if Furcal was healthy, the way he played down the stretch and what was probably expected from him wasn't something that was going to put the Cardinals over the top. I think they can get close to reasonable production that Furcal would have given the Cardinals with in house options.
I also wouldn't be shocked if they move some of their prime chips towards the trade deadline to solidify the SS position long term.