The St. Louis Cardinals have been dealing with a case of the injury bug for most of spring training, and the news keeps getting worse. Before spring started, they learned they would be without starter Chris Carpenter for the season, and just as spring was getting underway, learned starting shortstop Rafael Furcal would miss the year after needing Tommy John surgery. Today, the Cardinals announced closer Jason Motte will likely begin the year on the Disabled List.
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Motte, who felt discomfort in the elbow on Thursday, posted a 2.75 ERA, 3.12 FIP, 2.88 xFIP, and 10.8 K/9, while recording 42 saves in 67 appearances for the Cardinals in 2012.
With Motte out, right-hander Mitchell Boggs, who served as the team’s setup man in 2012, will likely have a shot to start the year as the closer. Boggs posted a 2.21 ERA and 3.42 FIP in 78 games for St. Louis last season.