Jason Motte of St. Louis Cardinals tests elbow; 'Tommy John' surgery on deck?
Jason Motte is throwing again. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Valley Central High and Iona College product will pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.
The closer’s low-intensity throwing sessions should be seen as more of a test rather than the first steps of rehabilitation from a tear in his right elbow he suffered in March. If Motte’s throwing arm responds well, he could return to the Cardinals this season. If it doesn’t, he could be headed for “Tommy John” reconstructive surgery, ending his season and putting his status in doubt for Opening Day 2014.
The Cardinals reportedly had set a Wednesday deadline to determine Motte’s fate, but they elected to hold off on making a decision for now.
"It felt good," Motte told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after throwing Tuesday. "However it reacts to that day's throwing or exercise, that's where we go. I could feel great today and come in tomorrow and say, 'Geez, I can't feel my arm' or 'Everything feels fine.' "
The Cardinals have dearly missed Motte, who accounted for all of the team’s 42 saves last year: Four St. Louis pitchers have combined to blow six saves so far this year.
UPDATE (May 3): Motte will undergo "Tommy John" surgery Monday, the Cardinals have announced.
"Thanks everyone," he tweeted Friday. "God has a plan. It all happens for a reason."