The encouraging news the Cardinals received last week about Rafael Furcal’s right elbow was confirmed Monday by a scan taken of the shortstop’s injured arm, general manager John Mozeliak told a national radio show.

After returning to his offseason home from the Dominican Republic, Furcal met with medical staff in Florida for an MRI scan of his elbow and its torn ligament Monday.

“His ligament looked completely healed,” Mozeliak told “Inside Pitch” on Sirius XM radio. “Right now there’s no reason to think he won’t be ready to go and expect a full year out of him. It’s a little bit of a relief for us.”

Although it was a relief Mozeliak had already been counting on.

The Cardinals’ general manager said last week that the team didn’t intend to “chase a shortstop” this offseason because of positive reports from Furcal’s rehab. The Cardinals used several MRIs to chart the recovery from Furcal’s elbow, which ruptured in late August and caused the switch-hitter to miss the remainder of the season.

Furcal sought to avoid surgery to repair the ligament. He received an injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in early September to aid healing.

Entering the weekend, Furcal had not attempted to throw a baseball since his final game of the regular season.

The Cardinals have Furcal under contract for one more season, the final year of his two-year, $14-million deal. Furcal hit .264 with a .325 on-base percentage and 69 runs in 121 games.

Even with the recovery of Furcal’s elbow, the Cardinals will look this offseason to add depth to the middle infield as insurance for ailments like back trouble that slowed Furcal last season and for the inconsistent production the Cardinals received from second base.

“That’s still something we’re kicking around,” Mozeliak said Friday. “I probably blame myself for talking a lot about shortstop. But right now it’s not something we’re chasing given the fact that the news of Furcal is positive. I don’t think we’re going to be pounding that (market) as much as people anticipated.”

Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for The Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoold or on Facebook at

Derrick Goold is the lead Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and current president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.