Reassigning shortstop Rafael Furcal to the lower reaches of the lineup to buy him and his achy back a break from the grind of batting leadoff might not be as relaxing as the Cardinals initially had in mind.
Credit the needle a doctor plunged into his back.
Clearly refreshed and unencumbered as a result of the treatment he received last week, Furcal has been racing, not resting, the past two nights, helping to lift his team to two victories just days after he was unsure if he could pick up his bat.
...“Needed to take the edge off. It was something he was fighting nonstop,” manager Mike Matheny said of the back pain that hindered Furcal for several weeks. “It seems like the shot kicked in, then he gets some confidence going. He’s got a nice approach going at the plate and had some big hits for us.”
...Matheny traced the run of offense pack to the pain-alleviating shot Furcal received — “Those things help out, help loosen up,” he said — and knows that it doesn’t end the Save Raffy plan. Shots can wear off. And to keep Furcal the needed, vibrant presence in the offense that he was late in 2011 and early in 2012, the Cardinals still plan to be proactive with the rest so that this jolt of production doesn’t fade.
He’s got to be healthy to help.
Posted: August 16, 2012 at 06:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
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