Not only was Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal unable to play Saturday, which had been his target date a few days before, he has no idea when he again will test his ailing right elbow.

Furcal, who suffered a torn ligament in the elbow Aug. 30 and then was plagued by a bone spur this spring, said he began to feel worse the more he stepped up his throwing program the last few days.

“What do you want me to do?” Furcal asked, not really expecting an answer. “It’s not getting better. I wish I could do whatever I could to make it better, so I could play.”

Furcal has been shut down from throwing and even hitting. He last had competed in a “B” game on Thursday, taking several at-bats.

“It’s very disappointing,” Furcal said. “I tried to push it a little harder. We’d better back up a little bit because I feel more pain.”