Jason Motte (30) throws during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Cardinals won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
(KSDK Sports) -- Jason Motte is moving closer to his goal of returning to his role as the Cardinals closer, beginning a throwing program some four months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
According to Cardinals beat writer Jennifer Langosch, Motte began a throwing program Monday. The former closer threw lightly into a net 20 times and expects to do the same Wednesday on an every-other-day schedule.
It was during Spring Training in Jupiter when Motte experienced discomfort in his right elbow. He was placed on the disabled list on March 29th, but was not ruled out for the season until after Opening Day. When the injury was further diagnosed as a ligament tear, it was announced the Motte's season was over and he'd undergo the procedure.
Typically, patients require a 12-15-month timetable for recovery from the surgery.
"I just take it one day at a time," Motte told Langosch. "It was 20 throws into a net, it wasn't really that strenuous. You could get a 3-year-old to do that, so it wasn't really that tough. But it felt fine."