With Jason Motte on the disabled list the Cardinals have had to look elsewhere for help at closer. However, the club and Motte would like to know exactly how long they have to use someone besides Motte at the end of games. Hopefully an MRI will help set a definitive timeframe.
Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com says Motte is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his right elbow today. He will see Dr. George Paletta in order to get some clarity as to the condition of the elbow and the estimated time Motte will have to be sidelined.
"Tomorrow, we'll be able to compare where we were to where we are," Motte said before Monday's home opener. "From there, we'll move forward with what they'll let me do or not do. If they say everything looks fine, we'll move on from there. It just depends on what they say I need or don't need."
Mitchell Boggs has been the Cardinals new closer since Motte first felt tightness in his elbow late in March. Motte hasn't thrown since spring training when the tightness developed. He has been performing strength exercises, but at this point it seems there are more questions than answers surrounding Motte's health.
The Cardinals have used Motte as their closer since late in 2011. He picked up nine saves in 2011 before becoming the club's full time closer last year. In 2012, Motte saved 42 games and posted a 2.75 ERA. Overall, Motte has been impressive in his career as a reliever. In five seasons, he has a 2.87 ERA.
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