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ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition does not improve in the next three weeks or so.
It would be another huge blow to a team that has already lost pitcher Chris Carpenter and shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season. The Cardinals pretty much stood pat after losing to the San Francisco Giants in the NL championship series last fall.
Motte, who had a career-high 42 saves last season, has been shut down since late March because of a strained right elbow. He was not cleared to throw after an MRI exam Tuesday didn't show sufficient improvement.
General manager John Mozeliak said the team should have a good idea by early May whether the 30-year-old right-hander would be able to pitch this season.
"Surgery is definitely on the table if he's not throwing by then," Mozeliak said. "Rather than drag this thing out all summer, we put a soft deadline on it to find out."
The news comes a day after stand-in closer Mitchell Boggs was charged with six earned runs in one-third of an inning during Cincinnati's nine-run ninth. Other options include Fernando Salas, who led the team with 24 saves in 2011, and rookie setup man Trevor Rosenthal.
Motte signed a 12 million, two-year contract in January that avoided arbitration.
Before the team learned the news about Motte, manager Mike Matheny said it was too early to make any changes. Boggs was hurt by four walks - two of them intentional - in what he called "the worst outing of my career," but remained confident after Monday's 13-4 loss that he is the man for the job while Motte is out.
"Whenever you lose a guy like that it's tough on everybody, but at the same time we're professionals and we have a job to do," Boggs said. "I can't speak for anybody else, but speaking for me I've got to execute better. I didn't make enough good pitches and there's nothing other to say than that."
It's no surprise to Matheny that players consistently deny feeling extra pressure when thrust into a new role.
"That's what they've been trained to say and what they're trained to do," the manager said. "But the ninth inning is different and a lot of guys who have been successful at it have also had struggles."
When staff ace Adam Wainwright was a rookie, he filled in as closer for the 2006 World Series championship team after Jason Isringhausen was sidelined with a hip injury. Wainwright earned the save in the Series clincher, then joined the rotation the next year.
"So, it might not necessarily mean how you start but how you finish," Mozeliak said. "We may need more time and clarity on who that will be."
Mozeliak said he didn't anticipate Motte seeking a second opinion.
"Obviously, a player has that right, but I think he feels pretty confident with what he's hearing," the GM said.
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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.
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