JUPITER, Fla. – Jordan Schafer’s hopes of becoming a two-way player for the Cardinals this season suffered a major blow on Tuesday.

The Cardinals announced during their day off that Schafer will undergo surgery on his left elbow on Friday after an MRI on Monday revealed a damaged ligament.

The team said that Dr. George Paletta will perform the surgery and will decide at that time whether Schafer needs Tommy John surgery or the new “primary” ligament repair which both Seth Maness and Mitch Harris underwent last year.

Either operation likely will sideline Schafer for the season.

Schafer had to come out of his relief appearance on Sunday after complaining of tightness in his forearm.

Schafer, 30, had been in the spring training camp as a non-roster player, hoping to make the Cardinals as both an outfielder and a relief pitcher. He had been used in both roles so far this spring, appearing in five games. He was 0-for-3 as a hitter and had a 9.82 ERA in his games on the mound.

The Cardinals had been intrigued by the idea of having a two-way player after signing Schafer to a minor league contract over the winter. A former outfielder for the Braves and Twins, he converted to pitching last season in the Dodgers’ farm system.

As recently as Sunday, General Manager John Mozeliak had discussed the possibility that Schafer could be assigned to Triple A Memphis this season were he could continue to work on being a two-way player if he did not make the Cardinals’ roster.