The St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen is in sorry shape, and the team is hoping to get closer Jason Motte back at some point this year. The right-hander offered good news yesterday, as he told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he "felt good" after playing catch for the second consecutive day.
Motte -- who was diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow earlier this month -- threw from roughly 60 to 65 feet yesterday, and he increased his level of exertion from the previous day. His injury could require season-ending Tommy John surgery, but he's hoping to avoid the procedure so he can return to the team this year.
Since Motte's arm felt good yesterday morning, he was able to keep up with his throwing program.
"I woke up this morning, and we didn't take a step
back. If I didn't feel good, I don't think we would have moved forward. I got
to go out and play a little more catch. We'll see how it feels and do it all
over again tomorrow. Everything is feeling good so far."
The Cardinals 'pen got hit hard yesterday, as Fernando Salas, Mitchell Boggs and Marc Rzepczynski combined to allow six earned runs over 3 1/3 innings. So far this season, St. Louis' relievers have posted the worst ERA in the majors by far at 6.08. The New York Mets are the only other team in the majors with a combined bullpen ERA north of 5.00.
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