Cardinals closer Jason Motte, who has gone nearly three weeks without being able to toss a baseball, is scheduled to meet today with the team’s physician for a follow-up exam that should determine the righty’s next stage of rehab or treatment.
The exam with Dr. George Paletta will include an MRI scan, general manager John Mozeliak confirmed. The new MRI will take another look at the root cause of discomfort in Motte’s right elbow and forearm and help measure the healing since his previous exam.

Motte felt discomfort in his right elbow March 21 after pitching in an exhibition game. The club diagnosed the closer with a stretching (Grade I tear) of the flexor tendon, which runs from the elbow through the forearm. The ligament, which requires Tommy John surgery to repair, had some signs of wear – which is not unusual for a pitcher – but was intact, a team official said. Now that the inflammation from the tendon injury has been reduced, a clearer picture of the lattice-work of ligaments and tendons is possible.

Mozeliak said after Motte’s evaluation today the club with have a “good sense of what the next step is for him.” He added it would give Motte “some peace of mind going forward.”

The righty said the longer he is unable to throw the more time he’ll need to return. Motte started his treatment with anti-inflammatory medication, and he continued to do range-of-motion exercises while with the team on its season-opening trip.