Cardinal rules

Like the Reds, the Cardinals are tinkering around the edges rather than making massive changes. The big question marks are in the middle of the infield. If the season began today, Daniel Descalso would play second base, but shortstop is still anybody's guess. Rafael Furcal tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in August, and while he's passed enough tests to make the Cardinals cautiously optimistic that he can avoid Tommy John surgery, they can't be certain. Mozeliak said the winter meetings in December might be the "tipping point" for the Cardinals to decide whether they need to make a move at short.