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Cardinals place closer Jason Motte on disabled list

Mar 29, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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As expected the Cardinals have placed closer Jason Motte on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.

Motte complained of soreness after last Thursday’s game and there’s no timetable for his return, with the Cardinals set to use Mitchell Boggs as their fill-in closer.

Motte was fantastic last season, saving a league-leading 42 games with a 2.75 ERA in his first full season as a closer. Boggs can’t match Motte’s strikeout ability, but has been a very effective setup man for the past three seasons with a 3.08 ERA in 201 innings during that span.

  1. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I know looks shouldn’t mean anything, but this guy looks like such a total douche!
    “Hey, what do you do?”
    “Bro, I’m an MLB pitcher, bro. I wear cool necklaces and only pitch, like, 50 innings a season, bro.”

    • forsch31 - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      He’s actually not. There’s a great clip of him and his wife going to a BBQ ribs place after Game 1 of the 2011 World Series. But Motte’s profile shots are always a bit of an adventure. This one from a couple of years ago is a favorite: http://l.yimg.com/a/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20090404/8369.jpg. He’s also been Mr. Happygolucky: http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/103/1039611m.jpg

      That one was from a year ago, and it was his attempt at a “mean” face. He’s gotten better at it: http://thebiglead.fantasysportsven.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Jason-Motte1.jpg

    • paperlions - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      I guess that goes to show how poorly people can interpret a photo. Motte is pretty much the exact opposite of douche.

    • cur68 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      This is a common opinion of people with close set eyes. Have a look at this:
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3317146/Discover-the-power-of-first-impressions.html

      That thick beard and heavy build doesn’t help the impression he makes either but the primary issue here is that his eyes are a bit too close together. None of this has any bearing on his actual personality. By all accounts he’s a pretty decent person and had a good sense of humour about himself.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Hahaha! You and the close set eyes. I gotta’ admit though Cur…since you first posted about the “close set eyes phenomenom” I have started noticing it. Thanks man. Thanks alot. LOL!

  2. spudchukar - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    His loss, and it sounds more and more like TJ will be missed, but the Cards are fortunate in that they already employ Boggs, Salas, and Rosenthal. Most of baseball hardly recognize the names, but the teams they face do.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Was watching most of the playoffs with a coworker who was a Cards fan. Seemed like every reliever they brought out just dialed it up a little more. First one out, 95+. Second one out, 97+, then Motte throwing 99. How do guys hit that stuff?

      • spudchukar - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        The new name in the pen is Rosenthal. If you were impressed in 2012, wait til you watch this dude. He registers 100 easy, has very good command, and a nasty sharp breaking ball, that he can also control. He is just getting his feet wet in the bull pen. And projects to be a starter in 2014, when Westbrook’s contract expires.

        Hard to understand how he was overlooked. A 21st round draft choice out of junior college.

      • cintiphil - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        In the pst, you may have been correct. However, I am not too afraid of this staff this year, with the loss of Carpenter, Lohse and now Mott. Who next? No team is that rich in pitching that they can afford to lose so much. No one knows if this is a Tommy John problem or just an inflamed elbow. Wait and see.

  3. wardmanone - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    11thstreetmafia | Mar 29, 2013, 5:19 PM CDT
    I know looks shouldn’t mean anything, but this guy looks like such a total douche!
    “Hey, what do you do?”
    “Bro, I’m an MLB pitcher, bro. I wear cool necklaces and only pitch, like, 50 innings a season, bro.”

    Sure thing Bro go back writing your blog in your basement for your Mother. Get life or least a part time job at local mall

  4. mungman69 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    The Cards won’t have to worry about the Astros this year.

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