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Cardinals' Motte to have Tommy John surgery

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St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte, who had a league-leading 42 saves last season, will need Tommy John surgery to repair his injured elbow, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

Motte will miss the remainder of this season and will likely be out for at least part of next season as well.

Motte had a 2.75 ERA last season, but he was shut down in mid-March because of elbow problems. An MRI exam two weeks later revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Mitchell Boggs struggled attempting to replace Motte as the closer, and he has been replaced in that role by Edward Mujica.

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