Jason Motte (elbow) is close to being cleared to throw live batting practice.
Motte threw his highest intensity bullpen session yet on Monday. "Today was a good day," Motte said. "I felt like it was a little easier to get to that [higher intensity] point today, whereas last time I was still trying to feel it out. I feel good. We'll see what the next step is, and I'll see how I feel tomorrow, and we'll go from there." Cardinals manager Mike Matheny added the Motte is "progressing well and he's almost at a higher velocity, higher intensity each time out." The reliever will begin the year on the DL but could return by the end of April.
Alcides Escobar (shoulder) will be given a few days off to rest.
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Escobar was scratched from Tuesday's game due to right shoulder soreness, and Royals manager Ned Yost said the shortstop has been "battling" the issue for a few days. It sounds like something that a little rest will take care of, but we'll just have to see how Escobar is feeling later this week.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that it's "almost a certainty" that Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) will begin the season on the disabled list.
Chacin is progressing, as he long-tossed from 90 feet Monday with no issues and will move to 120 feet Wednesday. However, he's yet to throw off a mound all spring and simply doesn't have enough time to get ready by Opening Day. "If I start feeling good, I'll keep moving [back]," Chacin said. "The good thing is I'm feeling good. My ball is coming out good. Everything feels fine, I feel strong. I'm very happy everything is working out." The righty added that he is "thinking about the long term, not rushing and getting set back."