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By The Associated Press
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6:57 p.m.

Cardinals closer Jason Motte probably will start the season on the disabled because of a mild muscle flexor strain in his pitching arm.

Motte pitched an inning against the Mets on Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., then told the team his forearm tightened up on the bus ride back to the Cardinals' spring training complex.

Setup man Mitchell Boggs will move into the closer's role.

No timetable for Santana

Johan Santana knows he won't be pitching when the Mets start their season April 1. He doesn't know when he'll take the mound again.

The 34-year-old left-hander was scheduled to throw on flat ground from 90 feet Saturday, up from 60 feet a week ago. He'll need to get up to about 180 feet before the Mets allow his first bullpen session since March 3.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner will miss the entire exhibition season because of a lack of arm strength and will start the season on the disabled list.

Cook set to step in for Halladay

Aaron Cook is ready, just in case Roy Halladay isn't.

Halladay, whose start against Baltimore last weekend was cut short after one inning because of a stomach virus, pitched in a minor league game in Clearwater on Saturday. Cook pitched against the Orioles and helped the Phillies to a 13-4 win.

Halladay retired just seven of 18 batters Saturday, allowing three runs, seven hits and two walks in four innings with one strikeout.

Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro declined to say much about Halladay, saying he'd talk about him on Sunday.

Teheran impressive for Braves

This is how Julio Teheran won a spot in the Atlanta Braves' rotation.

The rookie right-hander struck out 10 in six hitless innings for a split-squad of Braves that beat the Astros, 3-2, on Saturday.

Teheran, Atlanta's fifth starter, walked three while lowering his ERA to 1.04 in six starts. Teheran also pitched five hitless innings against St. Louis on March 12. He has allowed just seven hits over 26 innings this spring while striking out 35 and walking nine.

Jeter hits in minor league game

Derek Jeter took four at-bats as a designated hitter for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in Tampa. He grounded out all four times, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he has heard encouraging reports.

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