A Jason Motte injury could make Opening Day tough on the St. Louis Cardinals. The injury to Motte is classified as a mild strain in his elbow, something that no pitcher wants to hear from a doctor. According to a report from Saturday (March 23), the team is now considering sending him to the disabled list to begin a slow rehab from the strain.
The immediate news here is that Mitchell Boggs will move from setup guy to closer for the Cardinals, likely getting the break he has been looking to receive in late inning situations. This probably won’t be a permanent shift in the St. Louis bullpen, but it could prove that Boggs is even more valuable to the team that previously thought.
Last season, Motte posted 42 saves for the Cardinals, a mark that was a career high for him and also led the National League. Coming into this season he looked like one of the sure bets at the closer position, making him a very hot commodity in fantasy baseball drafts taking place in March. Now his 2013 MLB debut could be pushed back at least a week or two.
This Jason Motte injury is not something the St. Louis Cardinals wanted to deal with at the end of Spring Training, but the early prognosis is that he shouldn’t be out for too long. The worry, of course, is that the injury worsens, so the team doctors will be keeping a close eye on it. Expect him to miss at least a week of camp, but possibly more if the team adds him to the DL.
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