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Motte could need Tommy John surgery

Updated: April 10, 2013, 1:32 PM ET
By Stephania Bell

Unfortunately, the pattern is becoming all too familiar. A pitcher experiences elbow ____ (insert pain, stiffness or tightness here) and is shut down for a period of _____ (insert two, four or six) weeks. During that time he is not allowed to throw but focuses instead on arm-strengthening exercises. In the course of ongoing evaluation, if an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament is _____ (insert strongly suspected or confirmed), the player is given the opportunity to see how he responds to the ...

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