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Rafael Furcal Injury Update: Cardinals SS To Meet With Team Doctor On Friday

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal has been out of the lineup since July 27 due to a back injury, and on Friday he will meet with the team doctor to assess the progress he has made in his recovery, according to Jenifer Langosh of MLB.com. Furcal participated in batting and fielding practice prior to every game during the Cardinals' three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, and he was even cleared to play by the medical staff on Thursday, but St. Louis decided to be cautious and hold him out until he met with the team doctor on Friday.

So far in 2012 Furcal has posted a .272/.341/.352 batting line over 96 games and 436 plate appearances.

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