Cardinals closer likely to open season on DL
MAR 23, 2013 9:40a ET
Motte last season tied for the lead in the National League with 42 saves — his first season as full-time closer. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, manager Mike Matheny has said Mitchell Boggs will move into the closer's role during Motte’s recovery period.
“Right now it’s going to slow him down,” general manager John Mozeliak told media members in Jupiter, Fla. “We’re certainly going to be aggressive with the rehab. The DL is likely going to happen.”
The flame-throwing righty last pitched on Thursday against the Mets and felt stiffness in his elbow following the game. An MRI later revealed that there was a tear in his joint.