Originally written April 10, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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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 12 months. 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. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })(); Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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