After watching interim closer Mitchell Boggs walk four hitters and allow nine runs in the St. Louis Cardinals home-opening 13-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday afternoon, general manager John Mozeliak was hoping an examination on Jason Motte would reveal that the closer was headed back to his ninth inning role.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals received very different news and as it turns out, Motte may need to have Tommy John surgery if his condition does not improve.
As described often in the PD flexor inflammation clears and ligament damage is clearer. That's why Tommy John now in conversation for Motte.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) April 10, 2013
It was originally believed that there was not any ligament damage in Motte's elbow, but now after the swelling and fluids have cleared, surgery looks to be more and more likely.
The Cardinals underwent a similar scenario last fall with shortstop Rafael Furcal, who was diagnosed with a partial tear in his elbow. The Ca...