MLB Notes: Jason Motte may need elbow surgery

MLB Notes: Jason Motte may need elbow surgery
April 10, 2013, 9:00 am
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Jason Motte recorded a career-high 42 saves last season with the Cardinals. (USA Today Images)

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Despite Roy Halladay's struggles in his first two starts of the season, GM Ruben Amaro said the pitcher will get all the time he needs to turn it around (see story).

Here is a look at the news around baseball:

Motte may need surgery
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition does not improve in the next three weeks or so.

Motte, who had a career-high 42 saves last season, has been shut down since late March because of a strained right elbow. He was not cleared to throw after an MRI exam Tuesday didn't show sufficient improvement.

General manager John Mozeliak said the team should have a good idea by early May whether the 30-year-old Motte would be able to pitch this season.

The news comes a day after stand-in closer Mitchell Boggs was charged with six earned runs in one-third of an inning in the Cincinnati Reds' nine-run ninth inning (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Halos place Weaver on DL
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left elbow.

The right-hander, who was diagnosed with a non-displaced radial head fracture, is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Weaver left Sunday's loss against the Texas Rangers early after jamming his non-throwing arm while dodging a line drive. He was initially said to have suffered a strained elbow.

The Angels called up right-hander Dane De La Rosa from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace Weaver on the roster.

De La Rosa was acquired in a trade last month from Tampa Bay in exchange for right-hander Steven Geltz (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Jeter running again
CLEVELAND -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter ran on a field for the first time in several weeks, his biggest steps yet in his comeback from injury.

Manager Joe Girardi said Jeter did some sprints, took grounders and hit indoors at the team's training complex in Tampa, Fla.

Girardi has been watching videotapes of Jeter's workouts and said the perennial All-Star "looked as good as at any point that I had seen him in spring training."

Jeter hasn't played since March 23, when his left ankle bothered him while running. He was placed on the disabled list on March 31 and there's no timetable on when the 38-year-old will be activated.

Girardi said Jeter is "ramping" up his activity each day and the plan is for him to run again on Wednesday. Jeter had only been running on an underwater treadmill. (see full story).

-The Associated Press

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