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Jason Motte expected to begin season on disabled list with elbow strain

Mar 23, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

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The Cardinals will have to get by without their closer for the start of the season.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jason Motte was diagnosed with a “mild strain” of his right elbow following an MRI. The Cardinals plan to shut him down for at least the next week, so with the start of the season just nine days away, a stint on the disabled list is inevitable.

Motte felt discomfort in his elbow after his most recent appearance Thursday afternoon against the Mets. He was sent for an MRI yesterday after the pain intensified. There’s no clear timeline for his return, as the Cardinals will try to get the inflammation to subside and go from there.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Mitchell Boggs will get the first opportunity to fill in at closer during Motte’s absence. The 29-year-old right-hander had a 2.21 ERA and 58/21 K/BB ratio over 73 1/3 innings last season. Losing one of the best closers in the game obviously hurts, but the Cardinals have no shortage of quality arms.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I assume this insures Salas, Kelly and Miller will be heading north.

    Nice having Rosenthal available in the BP now for sure, he’ll get plenty of work.

    Here’s your chance(s) fellas, time to step up.

  2. unlost1 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    this team keeps getting injuries but because of their depth they are still favored to win their division

    feel the fever

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Not sure who’s got the Cards favored, it’s Cincy’s division to lose by a longshot.

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM



      • saints97 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        You were right the first time, actually.

  3. cardsfan773 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Reds division to lose? Last year was a fluke year for Cincy. Doubt you will get 98% of your starts from 5 starters like last year. No doubt a lead dog for division, but it’s anything but a given.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM


      I didn’t say it was a given, I said it’s theirs to lose – and it is.

  4. spudchukar - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    It has always been amazing to me that Motte hasn’t encountered more arm problems due to his throwing motion, Tommy Hansenesque. Rosy will shine.

  5. cardsfan773 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I assume Boggs gets the job until either Motte comes back, or he blows a few saves. Hopefully this is a short term problem, not another guy about to have T.J. surgery. If Motte is gone for a while I sure hope Rosenthal gets a shot to close.

  6. michaeljacksonisback - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    The Reds and Brewers might win the division. The cardinals win the World Series!

  7. sfm073 - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Boggs has better stuff but mentally he is much weaker than motte.

    • stlsportsfan84 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      I dont agree with this comment. Guy didnt do much to lose the job when he had it for a couple of chances a couple of years ago. Boggs should do just fine, good stuff wins games.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      The “stuff” question is highly debatable and none of us have any idea how Boggs will adapt to the closers role.

      He did just fine in multiple (and please forgive me for using this term) “high leverage” (apologies,that term is as played as “narrative”) situations.

  8. umrguy42 - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I just have one thought: Awww, crap.

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