Cardinals’ closer Jason Motte will likely be spending Opening Day on the 15 Day DL. The team is calling the injury a “mild strain” and as the Cardinals study how severe it is, Motte will be out for at least a week.
After pitching against the Mets for an inning Thursday, Motte experienced tightness in his right arm which led to him seeking help from the training staff.
Now that a spot in the bullpen has opened up, the battle between Salas, Miller and Kelly has lost its intensity. Salas will go to the bullpen with Miller and Kelly fighting for the last starting spot. After the Motte injury, the one who doesn’t get the starting job will undoubtedly become a long man in the pen. As for the immediate remedy at closer, Mike Matheny has said that Mitchell Boggs will see time there until Motte recovers.