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Unlikely savoir for STL's bullpen?

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07:02 AM ET 04.29 | The Cards' bullpen struggled again Sunday, although hope may come in the form of Jason Motte. Three and a half hours before the game Sunday, [Motte] threw the ball about 60 feet. That's a good sign for Motte, who is taking what he terms "baby steps" toward coming back from a partially torn ligament in his elbow. The Cardinals had set a May 1 decision day on whether or not Motte would have Tommy John surgery, but with signs of progress the team may well put off that decision. The milestone Sunday was that Motte felt no ill effects of his Saturday session, when he threw about 50 feet. With that the case, he took to short right field at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday with team physical therapist Adam Olsen and began throwing farther.

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April 29, 2013  08:12 AM ET

This had better be plan B - not Plan A.

April 29, 2013  09:06 AM ET

If throwing like tosses is telling you Mr. Writer that Motte is getting closer than you are in the wrong business. At that pace he is probably at least a month away if then from getting back into action and trying to get the best hitters in baseball out.

April 29, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If throwing like tosses is telling you Mr. Writer that Motte is getting closer than you are in the wrong business. At that pace he is probably at least a month away if then from getting back into action and trying to get the best hitters in baseball out.

Which is the plan - targeting June 1st for a return - if not then they will reconstruct. That is 2/3rds of the year remaining. I just hope - it's not a - he comes back and blows it out immediately - that would mean most of next year also......

As far a Mujica - the 4 saves I have seen have been impressive..... but given the way the rest of the bullpen is - he's better than they are right now - that's for sure.....

April 29, 2013  10:46 AM ET

Why do they keep putting off surgery that these pitchers need? aarrrggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

April 29, 2013  11:15 AM ET

savoir?

April 29, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

savoir?

Fare......

April 29, 2013  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This had better be plan B - not Plan A.

Well,the team still has to wait and see how Motte's arm react,,,he may be able to pass the test in the bullpen session but in the real game things could take a turn for the worse,,,,,,

April 29, 2013  01:06 PM ET

Partially torn ligaments aren't something simple, should the cards flip the coin and bet everything in Motte's favor?? or should the cards take extra caution just in case??

April 29, 2013  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

savoir?

Je ne sais pas.

April 29, 2013  02:33 PM ET

I bet Chris Perez would be available, maybe even in a package with Asdrubal Cabrera. Sure, it will cost the Cardinals some very nice prospects, but St. Louis has most the talent necessary to win the NL Central.

April 29, 2013  03:48 PM ET

If the Cardinals to get Motte back at closer I can see one of or both. One he may not be as effective as before and/or that partially torn ligament in his elbow will completely tear and will be out rest of this year and most of next year. When players try to play through a serious injury bad things usually happen sooner than later. With the stable full of young talent any of who could close , The Cardinals should convince Motte to bite the bullet and get elbow repaired now. With the first month of seaon just about over. he coul possibly be back by next june or july.

April 29, 2013  04:00 PM ET

If Indians are interested in trading Perz and Cabrera, They will want Matt Adams and a pitcher,such as rosenthal,kelley miller or Mujica. Cleveland knows the Cardinals need a reliable closer like perez and an upgrade at short. The Indians will try to find out just how bad the cards want Perez. Adams would be a must for trade to happen rest could be negotiale.

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April 30, 2013  12:13 AM ET

I think Mujica has looked good. There's your closer right there, STL.

April 30, 2013  06:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I think Mujica has looked good. There's your closer right there, STL.

I agree, the job should be his as long as he's doing it well. Right now the 8th inning is a bigger problem than the 9th. A good bullpen suddenly sucks. The pitching coach needs to find a way to fix it. The quality arms are there, but they aren't showing it.

 
April 30, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Oh, yeah. Joe Kelly and Matt Adams for Cabrera and Perez?

I'll take that.......

More likely the Indians would want Miller or maybe Wacha if they are going to give up Cabrera and Perez.

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