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Rafael Furcal placed on disabled list

Updated: August 31, 2012, 6:50 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The St. Louis Cardinals have put All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right elbow.

Furcal left Thursday night's game at Washington after making a pair of throws in the sixth inning. He later said he felt a pop in his elbow.

The defending World Series champions made the move before Friday night's game against the Nationals. St. Louis is leading in the race for the second NL wild-card spot.

Shortstop Pete Kozma was promoted ...

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