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Rafael Furcal Injury Update: St. Louis Infielder Battling Back Injury

With the St. Louis Cardinals in the midst of an intense playoff race, any injury could have a significant impact. However, one guy that they can't afford to be without for a significant period of time is Rafael Furcal. According to B.J. Rains of, Furcal is battling a back injury that could sideline him:

@BJRains: Matheny confirmed that Furcal is dealing with back tightness and likely wouldn't play tomorrow. Furcal left without speaking to reporters.

Furcal has been steady all season for the Cardinals, hitting .272 and delivering in clutch situations throughout the season. The 34 year old shortstop has appeared in 96 games and driven in 42 runs for St. Louis. In July he appeared in the third All-Star game of his career and the first since 2010.

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