St. Louis Cardinals fans learned over the weekend that David Freese and Jason Motte both have injuries that may land them on the disabled list for the Opening Day, April 1 in Arizona.
Not good. Not good at all.
This of course means we need to send our favorite third baseman/World Series Hero and The Closer our well wishes! So here we go!
First off? Jason Motte:
In 2011, Jason led the Cardinals by shutting down games in the ninth inning. He wasn’t considered the closer by then manager Tony LaRussa but he definitely worked the role and in brilliant fashion that lead the Cardinals to their 11th World Series Championship. In 2012, Jason became The Closer and earned 42 saves. Boom.
Think about that. That’s a ton of work. And we all know how fast he throws. That’s right, FAST.
Per the Post-Dispatch:
The MRI showed what Mozeliak called a “mild” strain of the tendon, or a Grade 1 strain. The MRI did not reveal any damage to the ligament, Mozeliak said.
There is significant inflammation around the tendon, so that will have to be extinguished before a clearer view of the damage and ligament is possible. The famed Tommy John surgery, like the one had by Furcal and Adam Wainwright in the past three years, is used to replace a damaged ligament. The flexor tendon is the muscle that runs on the inner side of the elbow and through the forearm.
Team physician George Paletta is expected to see Motte on Sunday.
“I don’t know if it was adrenaline or whatever but I didn’t feel anything while I was throwing,” Motte said. “They said it was just a little strain of the flexor muscle. It’s going to take a little time where it doesn’t hurt and get back to throwing and doing all of that stuff.”
Motte told the P-D immediate treatment for the arm is a rotation of ice, heat and stimulation therapy. The team started him on anti-inflammatory medication as well.
I suggest we as fans, try to stay calm on this one. Wait to see what Dr. Paletta observed on Sunday. We will probably hear about that today or tomorrow. Or sometime this week! Let him relax and get the inflammation down.
It’s going to be OK!
Get well soon, Jason!
And now… David Freese.
David injured his lower back and tailbone when he tumbled in the dugout area while chasing a foul ball on March 4. Ouch! He is supposed to have an MRI on his back today. Mike Matheny said he was told about Freese’s back tightening up on him Sunday at the last minute for the line up and when he got to the clubhouse the pain worsened.
He’s been in and out of the line up with pain since the March 4 accident. Today is March 25. An MRI a little sooner would have been nice. But. Our dear Freese may be one of those stubborn types that doesn’t like to discuss pain. I get it. Being a good leader in the clubhouse means you can admit when you’re in pain too, though. Hopefully the MRI shows nothing to serious, David can get some kind of simple treatment and we have him back in the line up. Hopefully!
Get well soon, Freesey!