For some MLB teams, losing a closer to injury could be a significant development.
The Milwaukee Brewers booted John Axford from that role quickly, before his struggles could seriously damage their chances to contend. The Detroit Tigers didn't name a closer out of spring training, and have spent the first two weeks of the season looking for someone to seize the job.
Could the St. Louis Cardinals find their division title hopes jeopardized if Jason Motte ends up missing the entire season with an elbow injury?
The Cards' closer has been out for the past three weeks, resting what was initially diagnosed as a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow. But as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel reports, Motte hasn't shown any improvement.
An MRI exam showed a low-grade tear in Motte's elbow ligament. The Cardinals are hoping that three weeks of rest are sufficient for the injury to heal.
However, if Motte's condition hasn't ...