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Jason Motte set for follow-up MRI on elbow Tuesday

Apr 8, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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Jason Motte was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with a right elbow strain, but he’s hoping to close games for the Cardinals again soon.

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Motte is scheduled to visit Dr. George Paletta tomorrow for a follow-up MRI on his elbow. While he has been limited to arm exercises since he first complained of symptoms following a Grapefruit League appearance on March 21, he could be cleared to ramp things up if improvement is found.

“Tomorrow, we’ll be able to compare where we were to where we are,” Motte said before Monday’s home opener. “From there, we’ll move forward with what they’ll let me do or not do. If they say everything looks fine, we’ll move on from there. It just depends on what they say I need or don’t need.”

Mitchell Boggs is serving as the Cardinals’ closer with Motte sidelined. After he allowed one run in four innings over his first four appearances this season, he was touched up for seven runs (six earned) on two hits, four walks (two intentional) and a wild pitch today against the Reds. The Cardinals’ defense didn’t help matters, but…ouch.

  1. 13arod - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    this was a tongue twister

    “where we were to where we are,”

  2. stex52 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Motte sounds ambivalent on his progress in that quote. I hope the news is better than he seems to think it si.

    • stex52 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      “is” dammit.

  3. steeldominance - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Motte may have been the difference in a luck 4-3 Cards win and a 13-4 blowout Reds win. I wish he could throw middle relief as well.

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