Motte's surgery deemed successful, necessary

Motte's surgery deemed successful, necessary

CHICAGO -- Right-hander Jason Motte underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, a procedure that became a necessity after Motte continued to feel right elbow discomfort during the early stages of a throwing program.

The surgery, which typically carries a recovery time of 12 months, was performed by Dr. George Paletta at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. General manager John Mozeliak reported that Paletta was satisfied with the outcome of the procedure.

According to manager Mike Matheny, Paletta also confirmed that the ligament would never have properly healed without surgery. That was not something definitively known through reading the images of Motte's most recent MRI.

"There's always that little bit of doubt," Matheny said. "But it was the right thing. It's good to have that behind him, and now we can move forward."

Matheny said that Motte will do "a good bit" of his post-surgery rehab in St. Louis, which will allow him to remain a regular presence in the Cardinals' clubhouse. Motte, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract over the winter, went 47 days from the time he first felt elbow discomfort to undergoing season-ending surgery.

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