Furcal out again, but DL stint not likely

Furcal out again, but DL stint not likely

DENVER -- The Cardinals were without Rafael Furcal again on Tuesday, the fourth straight game the starting shortstop has been held out due to lower back pain.

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.