MILWAUKEE — St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte, who tied for the National League lead in saves in 2012, will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and miss the entire 2013 season.
Motte threw Friday before the Cardinals game against the Brewers at Miller Park, and his right arm did not respond well to the throwing session.
Recovery for the ligament replacement surgery is around 12 months. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, the pitcher on the team to most recently go through the surgery, missed all of the 2011 season and was back on the mound 10 months after his surgery. He pitched in his first game 13 months after surgery.
Motte could miss the opening of the 2014 season.
Motte has a partial tear of the ligament in his right elbow.
Motte, 30, signed a two-year extension with the Cardinals in the offseason. During spring training on March 21, Motte pitched a scoreless inning against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. His last pitch zipped at 97 mph, and he was able to complete his post-appearance work without any discomfort or hints of trouble.