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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 9:00 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition doesn’t improve in the next three weeks or so.

It would be another huge blow to a team that has already lost pitcher Chris Carpenter and shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season. The Cardinals pretty much stood pat after losing to the San Francisco Giants in the NL championship series last fall.

Motte, who had a career-high 42 saves last season, has been shut down since late March because of a strained right elbow. He wasn’t cleared to throw after a second MRI exam Tuesday didn’t show sufficient improvement and revealed a tear.

A first MRI exam was inconclusive because of inflammation, and Motte said range of motion and other indicators had improved somewhat.

“I’m still optimistic,” Motte said after the Cardinals beat the Reds 5-1 Tuesday. “I’m not doing anything more to hurt it, so it’s kind of out of my hands, honestly.

“We’re doing everything we can to get it better.”

General manager John Mozeliak said the team should have a good idea by early May whether the 30-year-old right-hander will be able to pitch this season.

“Surgery is definitely on the table if he’s not throwing by then,” Mozeliak said. “Rather than drag this thing out all summer, we put a soft deadline on it to find out.”

The news comes a day after stand-in closer Mitchell Boggs was charged with six earned runs in one-third of an inning during Cincinnati’s nine-run ninth. Other options include Fernando Salas, who led the team with 24 saves in 2011, and rookie setup man Trevor Rosenthal.

Motte signed a $12 million, two-year contract in January that avoided arbitration. He said Dr. George Paletta, the team physician, told him it’s far from certain that he’ll need surgery.

“We’re going to keep doing the rehab stuff,” Motte said. “Hopefully it helps me get better.”

Before the team learned the news about Motte, manager Mike Matheny said it was too early to make any changes. Boggs was hurt by four walks — two intentional — in what he called “the worst outing of my career,” but remained confident after Monday’s 13-4 loss that he is the man for the job while Motte is out.

“Whenever you lose a guy like that it’s tough on everybody, but at the same time we’re professionals and we have a job to do,” Boggs said. “I can’t speak for anybody else, but speaking for me I’ve got to execute better. I didn’t make enough good pitches, and there’s nothing other to say than that.”

It’s no surprise to Matheny that players consistently deny feeling extra pressure when thrust into a new role.

“That’s what they’ve been trained to say and what they’re trained to do,” Matheny said. “But the ninth inning is different, and a lot of guys who have been successful at it have also had struggles.”

When staff ace Adam Wainwright was a rookie, he filled in as closer for the 2006 World Series championship team after Jason Isringhausen was sidelined with a hip injury. Wainwright earned the save in the Series clincher, and then joined the rotation the next year.

“So, it might not necessarily mean how you start but how you finish,” Mozeliak said. “We may need more time and clarity on who that will be.”

Mozeliak said he didn’t anticipate Motte seeking a second opinion.

“A player has that right, but I think he feels pretty confident with what he’s hearing,” Mozeliak said.

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Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

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Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

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CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

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Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

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Tuesday, Dec. 9

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*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

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Glendale 63, Pacific 46

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New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

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Friday, Dec. 19

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New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

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St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

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New Haven 45, Principia 30

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Monday, Dec. 15

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*St. James 64, Union 37

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Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

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Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

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*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

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Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

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Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

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