Motte Not Cleared to Throw, May Need Surgery

4 years 2 weeks 3 days ago April 09, 2013 Apr 9, 2013 Tuesday, April 09 2013 Tuesday, April 09, 2013 6:28:47 PM CDT in Baseball
Source: AP
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition does not improve in the next three weeks or so.

Motte, who had a career-high 42 saves last season, has been shut down since late March because of a strained right elbow. He was not cleared to throw after an MRI exam Tuesday didn't show sufficient improvement.

General manager John Mozeliak said the team should have a good idea by early May whether the 30-year-old Motte would be able to pitch this season.

The news comes a day after stand-in closer Mitchell Boggs was charged with six earned runs in one-third of an inning in the Cincinnati Reds' nine-run ninth inning.

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