ST. LOUIS -- Rafael Furcal returned to St. Louis this month in a new role. Sidelined after March Tommy John surgery, Furcal can't help his teammates on the field, so he's settling for the next best role, as a cheerleader in the dugout.
"Make everybody happy and try to push them and support them," Furcal said of his new role. "Sometimes watching the games, [it's difficult to] see my team lose, because I always think it's my fault. But life is like that. I'm so happy to see my team doing so good like they're doing right now, especially this time of year."
Furcal spent much of the season rehabbing back home in Miami, where he felt he could get the individual attention he needed to return to the field in 2014. Furcal joined his teammates taking ground balls on the field Tuesday.
"[The trainers have to] take care of the guys that play every day before you. I wanted to support myself so I can play baseball, because I want to come back and play for next year," Furcal said. "I got to take care of myself, but now, I'm here to support my team. I'm so excited to see my team where they are."
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.