The St. Louis Cardinals have placed closer Jason Motte on
the disabled list with a strained right elbow, the team has announced.
Motte reported soreness in his throwing arm following a
spring training appearance last Thursday. There’s currently no timeframe for
his return, and the Cardinals are prepared to enter the regular season with
Mitchell Boggs as their fill-in at closer.
Prior to complaining of elbow soreness, Motte had appeared
in nine games this exhibition season, allowing eight runs – five earned – on seven
hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
Prior to taking over as the team’s regular closer last
season, Motte had been an effective setup man for St. Louis. He was fantastic
in his role last year, maintaining an ERA of 2.75 with a strikeout-to-walk
ratio of 5.06 while compiling 42 saves. Over five seasons in the majors, the
30-year-old owns a career ERA of 2.87.
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