St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte
underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow on
The procedure, which the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported was performed by
team physician Dr. George Paletta at St. Louis' Mercy Hospital, is expected to
sideline Motte for approximately a full year. The right-hander had yet to make
an appearance this season after being shut down with an elbow sprain during
"Surgery went well," Motte wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday. "One day
closer to getting back out there then yesterday."
Motte was coming off a career season in which tied for the National League
lead with 42 saves while recording a 2.75 earned run average and 86 strikeouts
over 72 innings. For his performance, the 30-year-old was given a two-year,
$12 million contract by the Cardinals in January.
Since breaking into the majors with St. Louis in 2008, Motte has compiled a
17-13 record with a 2.87 ERA and 54 saves over 282 career appearances.
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