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Jason Motte doesn’t expect to be ready for the season

Feb 26, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jason Motte is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, but the former Cardinals closer said yesterday that he doesn’t expect to be healthy in time for Opening Day.

Motte told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that being game ready by then would be “a push” in part because of some recent shoulder issues that slowed his rehab. He’ll be about 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery when the season starts.

Motte also told Goold that he’d rather test his readiness on a minor-league rehab assignment than be at less than full strength in the majors, saying he wouldn’t want to limit the Cardinals’ bullpen options by only being available every other day or not being trusted in key spots early on.

In other words, don’t expect to see Motte back in St. Louis before May.

  1. stex52 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Thanks for letting us know before the fantasy drafts, Jason.

    • Andee - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Oh, he’ll still go several rounds too early.

    • yahmule - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Siegrist is the Rosenthal handcuff you want, Stex.

      • stex52 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Appreciate it, yahmule. Probably the only player we will see this year with an ERA+=808. Skewed a bit on sample size, are we?

    • 78mu - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Last year I drafted Motte and then Rosenthal at the end of the draft figuring if Motte couldn’t go they would give the job to Rosenthal. Luckily no one had claimed the Cheif after he was installed as the closer and I rode Mujica until he broke down at the end and went with Rosenthal for the last two weeks.

      Funny how things can work out for a blind squirrel.

  2. toodrunktotastethischicken - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    The Cardinals bullpen is still downright scary.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Indeed. Matheney can’t get through a bullpen session without tripping over some kid throwing 98 MPH.

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