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  As spring training starts to wind down and the 2013 season approaches, the St. Louis Cardinals find themselves a little bit behind the 8-ball.   First, the Cards were hit with the news that ace starter Chris Carpenter’s career might be over after suffering from a nerve compression issue in his right arm that also involved removing a rib. Carpenter thought he had the problem beat this spring, but left the mound after his first throwing session with his arm tingling and numb.   Then, the team announced that shortstop Rafael Furcal will miss the entire season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Some of the Cardinals faithful appear to be more upset than empathetic with Furcal, claiming that he didn’t do anything about the injury when the problem first arose last season.   Now that he’s out for the entire year, the Cards are turning to Pete Kozma as their starting shortstop. They thought they had the answer in 30-year old journeyman Ronny Cedeno, who they signed to a one-year deal last season as an insurance policy in case Furcal got hurt. Despite the fact that Cedeno was hitting .290 in spring training after getting off to a slow start, the Cards let him go in favor of Kozma, who’s been having a hot spring, hitting .340 with an OPS of .936. He’s struck out only 8 times in 52 plate appearances.   Compounding the Carpenter and Furcal news is that closer Jason Motte will be lost for an indefinite period of time with what is being termed a “mild strain of the flexor tendon” in his right elbow. According to General Manager John Mozeliak, it’s likely Motte will start the season on the disabled list.   “We want to be aggressive in this, but we also want to be smart,” Mozeliak told “Any time you’re dealing with the elbow, as we saw with [Rafael] Furcal, you can try to be as patient as you want, but the outcome is not always positive.” Mozeliak added that they’ll have a better idea in a couple of weeks as to what Motte’s future is.   Motte emerged as the Cards’ closer last season and led the National League with 42 saves in 49 chances. His last two years as the Cards’ primary set-up man in 2011 and closer last year, Motte’s WHIP has been under 1.00   In the meantime, Cards manager Mike Matheny said the closer’s role will be handed to Mitchell Boggs, who was Motte’s set-up guy in 2012. In 78 appearances last year, Boggs went 4-1 with an ERA of 2.21 and WHIP of 1.05.This article has been read (26) times

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