IF THERE EVER WAS A ROTATION BATTLE, MOTTE’S INJURY SETTLES IT

Jason Motte is expected to start the season on the DL with a “mild elbow strain.”  That’s three casualties of elbow issues this spring.

John Mozeliak wisely avoided giving a specific timetable since we don’t believe those anymore, but Adam Wainwright said on the FSN broadcast of today’s game that it would be four to five weeks.

Mitchell Boggs will be the closer, and if you had any remaining notions that Joe Kelly was in the fight for a rotation spot, you should probably dispel them now.  Even if it were as close a competition as the team is making it out to be between him and Shelby Miller, they want  Miller starting every day.  So the presumable situation then becomes a choice between having both Miller and Kelly in the Majors or only having Kelly while Miller stays in the minors.

> Scott Boras sort of loses it when he starts talking about how Baseball’s free agent system has “stolen our youth” and “kidnapped our children,” but he does make some interesting points about draft compensation in this piece.

> MLB is suing people involved with Biogenesis.  It’ll be fun to watch them convince a court of law that their well-publicized witch hunt is actually a pursuit of its employees’ wellbeing.

> The Tigers don’t want to give up Rick Porcello despite heavy interest from several teams, including the Cardinals.

> Ty Wigginton is having a terrible spring.  He’s 4-43 (.093) excluding however many at-bats he got in minor league camp on Friday.

> Carlos Beltran is still out with a bruised toe.  Langosch says, “there’s no clear answer as to when [he] will make his next start.”

> Mike Matheny said Matt Carpenter could possibly lead off in the regular season and has started both Carpenter and Daniel Descalso there the past two days.

> Ronny Cedeno is an Astro, joining fellow former Cardinals Rick Ankiel, Tyler Greene and Brett Wallace.

> Mike Shannon will have a reduced role on Cardinals radio this summer.

> Stan The Man Inc. put out this picture of the coming year’s team programs at Busch.  Presumably, the patch on the bird’s sleeve is the one the team will be wearing on their jerseys this year.

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2 thoughts on “IF THERE EVER WAS A ROTATION BATTLE, MOTTE’S INJURY SETTLES IT

  1. Motte seems like an alright guy, but I am not sad to see Boggs will be the closer. I hope he does what he’s capable of in this role. Maybe Motte is having elbow problems because he is literally only capable of throwing straight pitches and they’ve been trying to develop his secondary pitches.

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