St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal still has elbow problems

St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal and his injured elbow may not be ready for Saturday's first game of spring training.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny insists that shouldn't be much of a concern.

Furcal is working his way back from a strained elbow ligament suffered near the end of last season.

There was a concern that he'd have to undergo offseason Tommy John surgery, but Furcal chose to try rehab instead.

A 13- year veteran, Furcal hit .264 in 121 games for the Cardinals last season, batting primarily in the leadoff spot.