St. Louis Cardinals right-handed reliever Jason Motte’s
initial injury was described as a mild strain to his throwing elbow. While this
doesn’t sound especially serious, the injury seems to be more significant than
initially thought following Motte’s second MRI, according to Derrick Goold of
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Motte underwent another MRI yesterday to attempt to diagnose
his continued elbow discomfort. Following the screening, the closer has been
prescribed rest, and Goold notes that Tommy John surgery is now in the “conversation.”
#cardinals closer Jason Motte has been prescribed rest. Deadline of May 1. If he cannot advance he'll have surgery. #stlcards
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) April 9, 2013
As described often in the PD flexor inflammation clears and ligament damage is clearer. That's why Tommy John now in conversation for Motte.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) April 10, 2013
If Motte isn’t able to show improvement between now and May
1 – a period of time that will be considered as his resting period – he will
have to undergo surgery, according to Goold. This could be any number of
procedures, but one now in conversation is TJ, which sidelines pitchers roughly
Since Motte has gone down, the Cardinals have been using
Mitchell Boggs as closer. Late-inning relief has been an issue for St. Louis
all season, but they do have a lot of young arms in their system which could
help. Still, St. Louis could look to the trade market early if Motte’s injury
is more significant and they’re not happy with internal options.
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