The Cardinals announced this afternoon that closer Jason Motte needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the 2013 season.

Motte began having problems with his right elbow during the third week in March. At that time the injury was described as a strained elbow. The joint did not respond to rest and treatment, hence the decision to have season-ending surgery sometime next week.

Recovery time for pitchers who have Tommy John surgery is generally around 12 months but can vary some on a case by case basis.

Motte tied for the National League lead in saves last season with 42.


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