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Rafael Furcal: Elbow Ligament Completely Healed
Update: Furcal's MRI on Monday revealed his elbow ligament is completely healed, ESPN's Jim Bowden reports.

Recommendation: Furcal is expected to be 100 percent recovered from the injury, avoiding Tommy John surgery. Though he might not be available right away in spring training as he completes the final stages of his rehab, he seems likely to be ready for Opening Day. More importantly, the Cardinals won't have to scramble to throw money at a free agent shortstop or give up prospects to acquire an MLB-ready player via trade.

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