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Cards' Jason Motte tests right arm

Updated: April 27, 2013, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals closer Jason Motte threw for the first time in five weeks Saturday, a step toward determining if he will need season-ending surgery on his right elbow.

The Cardinals set a May 1 deadline to decide whether he will require elbow-reconstruction surgery after an MRI in early April revealed a low-grade tear in a ligament. Motte said his 35-40 light tosses from about 45 feet before St. Louis' game against Pittsburgh won't provide the final determination.

"I felt great. ...

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