St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte is scheduled to undergo an MRI today to determine if progress is being made on his sore elbow. Motte left a March 21st spring training appearance with elbow tightness and has not picked up a ball since. In the meantime, he was prescribed a set of muscle strengthening exercises and presumably given ice/anti-inflammatories (speculation) to help with his strained right elbow. (Remember, if you see strain, it normally implies muscle/tendon is involved; if you see sprain, that implies ligament involvement). By all accounts, his response to conservative measures have been positive, and today’s MRI is just confirm that things are moving in the right direction in order to receive clearance to ramp up his rehabilitation efforts.
The results of today’s test in addition to Motte’s pain levels will help determine if he can begin more aggressive strengthening of the shoulder/elbow complexes and a return to throwing the ball again, albeit it will initially be long toss/light throwing at first. If all goes well, Motte should still be on track for an early May return. Keep an eye on news as it trickles out today. Mitchell Boggs should continue to get the bulk of the save opportunities, but if he has another outing similar to Monday’s, keep an eye on Trevor Rosenthal getting some save chances until Motte is able to return.