The pain has radiated into Furcal's upper leg, too, since it first surfaced on Friday. Furcal has not taken an at-bat since.
He did, however, resume taking batting practice on Tuesday, and Furcal participated again on Wednesday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said a move to the 15-day disabled list is currently not under consideration for Furcal, whose status continues to be evaluated day by day.
"Today we'll try and turn up the intensity a little bit, and we'll see what we have tomorrow," Matheny said on Wednesday, before Furcal engaged in on-field work. "He seems to be getting better each day. We just need to help keep him going in a positive direction."
As Furcal is on the mend, his replacement will continue to be Daniel Descalso. Descalso has started each of the last four games at shortstop and is 4-for-13 on this road trip entering Wednesday.