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Things aren’t looking good for Cardinals closer Jason Motte

Apr 9, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

Jason Motte AP

When Cardinals closer Jason Motte went down late last month after a poor spring, the team termed his injury a “mild strain” in his right elbow. Following a followup MRI on Tuesday, things sound much more ominous:

With young gun Trevor Rosenthal and interim closer Mitchell Boggs in the fold and plenty of bullpen depth, the Cardinals are pretty well set up to handle Motte’s absence. Not to say that he won’t be missed. The 30-year-old Motte has posted ERAs under 3.00 three straight seasons, and he finished with 42 saves in 49 chances last year. Plus, the news comes right on the heels of Boggs giving up seven runs in what had been a tie game with the Reds on Monday.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Mozeliak updating Motte situation on KMOX broadcast, sounding totally deflated:

    - Mozeliak: Motte’s ligament does have damage & surgery is on the table if rest does not help the injury heal. “Hard to be overly optimistic”

    - Mozeliak: hopes to have Motte begin a throwing program by May 1. If not then surgery is on the table.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    This isn’t looking like a good day for the Redbirds in general.

    They hit or miss offense is missing again tonight, Bronson Arroyo very well may no hit them – it’s kinda got that feel and it’s only through 5..

  3. sfm073 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Lol how did that workout for you falcon?

    • okwhitefalcon - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Hah!

      Not well thank God!

    • paperlions - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Yeah, he’s “glass already empty”, even when it is 1/2 full. He really has all of the pre-requisites to be a archetypical Red Sox fan (i.e. the general assumption that things are not going to end well).

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        An “archetypical Red Sox fan”? paper? C’mon, man!

        Yesterday’s glass was truly empty coming off a pathetic loss, the Motte news (and for those who think he’ll avoid TJ, forget it) and 5 innings of being Arroyo-ed.

        It ended well though so the glass starts half full today.

        Check back about 3pm after game, subject to change of course.

      • paperlions - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        I don’t mean it as an insult….you’ve just got the same ingrained expectation of foreboding gloom that Red Sox fans here have.

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        No worries, I listened to ungodly amounts of Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division growing up.

        That gloom and doom obviously now manifests itself in all things Cardinal in my adulthood.

      • paperlions - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Is that glass at least 2/3 full now?

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Indeed it is!

        If they can grab a weekend series win over The Crew that son of a bitch will runneth over come Sunday evening and I will go break out some old school Happy Mondays on the morning playlist.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        BTW, I kinda resent that you’ve ruined my image of you shaking it to Kelis. I had this mental picture of a nerdy professor doing a Bill Cosby kind of boogie going on. Boooo for ruining that.

      • paperlions - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Sorry. I also don’t wear sweaters, don’t own one, wouldn’t wear one.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        I got that. Just saying. Less funny. :(

  4. rcali - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Things aren’t looking so good for current closer Mitchell Boggs either.

  5. tuberippin - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    “Mr. Mozeliak, there’s a Brian Wilson for you on line one”

    • ghstmnnfrst - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      We would take him on a one-year deal, if only to keep Rosenthal out of the Closer Picture.

      I just have a feeling that once he is the Cards’ guy in the ninth, he will always be The Closer.

      • paperlions - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        Nah, the Cardinals view him as a starter, eventually. He has the stuff. But he has very very little experience as a pitcher. He pitched exactly 1 inning his entire college career (and a Cardinal scout happened to see that 1 inning and it was the reason they drafted him….as a pitcher, if you can believe that). When Westbrook is gone next year, Rosenthal is in line to take that spot, assuming he performs well enough to claim it.

      • spudchukar - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Correcto PL, he is a future starter, and IMHO a star in the waiting. He has command and good secondary pitches. Plus he has great mechanics, drop and drive, and easily maintains his gas late in games. He has ace stuff, just getting his feet wet this year in the pen.

  6. swmocardsfan - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I have to admit…this has been a concern of mine for a while. Motte has been throwing his guts out on every pitch since he converted from catcher to pitcher. He has been a work-horse for the Cards and it was only a matter of time before he blew his arm up. My concern now switches to Trevor Rosenthal. I worry that he will land the same fate throwing as hard as he does. Mitchell Boggs has scared the crap out of me since he was pitching here in AA. Even though he has had moments where he has gotten the job done, I have never been sold on him being dependable and he proved that true when he carried his gas can out and served up slow pitch softball practice to the Reds Monday. I fear it could be a long season that will bring back wicked flashbacks to the days of Isringhausen that while games could be won…you could have a cardiac event before the final out.

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