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Rafael Furcal to miss the last two Cardinals games

Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 14: Rafael Furcal #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals fields a ground ball against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium on August 14, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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Rafael Furcal had to leave last night’s Cards-Astros game due to a tight left hamstring. It seems now that he’s going to need a coupe of days to recover. Since there are only a couple of days in the season that means that the Cardinals will have to win or lose the wild card without him.

In his place: likely Nick Punto, according to Matt Leach of MLB.com. No word on whether Ryan Theriot will play a part. Which is strange because, after all, the Cardinals were in first place back when he was the starting shortstop.

Oh well. It is what it is.