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Things aren’t looking good for Cardinals closer Jason Motte

Jason Motte

FILE - In this March 18, 2013, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte throw during the ninth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets in Jupiter, Fla. Motte probably will start the season on the disabled because of a mild muscle flexor strain in his pitching arm. The Cardinals said Saturday, March 23, that the right-hander had stopped throwing following the results of an MRI a day earlier. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)


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:

#cardinals closer Jason Motte has been prescribed rest. Deadline of May 1. If he cannot advance he’ll have surgery. #stlcards

— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) April 9, 2013

As described often in the PD flexor inflammation clears and ligament damage is clearer. That’s why Tommy John now in conversation for Motte.

— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) April 10, 2013

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.