Rafael Furcal has been cleared to return, and that return will come either Saturday or Sunday against the Nationals, depending on how quickly he progresses this week. It is fortunate that Furcal will be able to return during spring training — that way he will be able to work the rust off before the season begins. It has been a while since Furcal has been able to play defensively, and given he is most valuable because of his defensive skills, it is very positive that he is able to return. That said, this does seem just a little rushed, and so I think that Furcal might be a limited innings-wise for a little while yet. Playing the middle of the infield comes with a lot of wear and tear, and I don’t think John Mozeliak would just throw Furcal back into full-game playing now that he is healthy.