St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte will
likely start the season on the disabled list because of a muscle flexor strain
in his right arm.
Motte underwent an MRI exam on Friday after complaining of a tight arm
following a spring training outing on Thursday.
"We're certainly going to be as aggressive as we can with the rehab, but in
terms of DL, I would say that's likely going to happen," said Cardinals
general manager John Mozeliak. "Fingers were crossed that it would be
something that wouldn't land him on the DL, but it likely will."
Motte agreed to a multi-year contract in January. He tied for the National
League lead with 42 saves last season while posting a 2.75 earned run average
over 67 appearances.
The previous season, Motte took over as the Cardinals' closer and recorded
five saves during the team's run to the 2011 World Series title.
Motte broke into the majors with the Cardinals in 2008 and has compiled 54
saves, a 17-13 record and a 2.87 ERA over 282 games during that five-year
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