Motte begins throwing four months after surgery

Motte begins throwing four months after surgery

Motte begins throwing four months after surgery

ST. LOUIS -- Four months into his rehab from Tommy John surgery in May, right-hander Jason 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.

Motte was placed on the disabled list on March 29 with a strained right elbow, which was later diagnosed as a ligament tear. Motte declined to speculate whether he was on track with the typical 12-15-month timetable for recovery from the surgery.

"I just take it one day at a time," Motte said. "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."

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