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Jason Motte | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jason Motte (back) threw a bullpen session Friday.
It's the third time he's thrown off a mound since landing on the disabled list. Motte's next step isn't clear, but he seems to be progressing towards and early September return. Aug 29 - 5:53 PM

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Jason Motte (back) played catch on Tuesday.

Motte made about 15 throws from 90 feet in his first throwing workout since landing on the disabled list in early August with a lower back sprain. He is tracking toward an early-September return to the St. Louis bullpen.
Aug 19 - 4:04 PM

Jason Motte (back) has yet to resume throwing.

Motte was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a lower back strain. He's unlikely to return until September.
Aug 14 - 5:16 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 2, with a lower back sprain.

It's not clear how long Motte has been dealing with the injury, nor is it known how long he'll be out. The reliever has struggled in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 4.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 24 appearances. Nick Greenwood has replaced him on the roster.
Aug 8 - 1:28 PM

Jason Motte went 1 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks in his first appearance since 2012.

Motte's fastball velocity was just 92-93 mph -- down several ticks from where it was before Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. But his cutter looked sharp and he helped the Cardinals to a 12th-inning victory. With Carlos Martinez struggling, Motte could quickly move into the primary setup role in St. Louis.
May 22 - 12:24 AM

Cardinals activated RHP Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list.

Motte will be an active member of the Cardinals' bullpen on Tuesday night for the first time since the 2012 playoffs. He wound up missing close to 13 months following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will likely be eased back into high-leverage situations. The bearded right-hander is expected to eventually settle in as the primary setup man for St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.
May 20 - 4:19 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday if he gets through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.

Motte struck out five over 6 2/3 scoreless innings during a rehab assignment. He was touching 95-96 mph during the assignment, so it appears he's not far off from where he was pre-Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals figure to ease him in with low-leverage situations initially.
May 18 - 11:14 AM

Jason Motte (elbow) will throw in front of the Cardinals on Friday and Saturday before being re-evaluated.

It seems likely that he'll be activated from the disabled list Sunday if they like what they see. Motte has pitched on back-to-back day, has made a two-inning appearance and hasn't given up a run in six rehab appearances, so he doesn't really have any other boxes to check. The Cards figure to ease him with low-leverage situations initially.
May 16 - 5:01 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) threw a scoreless inning in his rehab debut for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.

Motte made four scoreless appearances at Double-A Springfield before moving his rehab assignment to Memphis. The hard-throwing right-hander should be ready to join the Cardinals' bullpen in about a week. He missed the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery.
May 13 - 4:53 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis on Monday.

Motte has looked extremely sharp thus far, firing 3 2/3 scoreless innings while posting a 3/1 K/BB ratio. If all continues to go well, he could be looking at a return to the Cardinals bullpen before the end of May.
May 11 - 9:18 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday in his second rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield.

Motte threw just six pitches and induced a fly out and two ground outs. He's expected to rehab for 2-3 weeks before joining the Cardinals' bullpen. Look for him to eventually emerge in a set-up role.
May 6 - 3:33 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Jason Motte (elbow) will likely need 2-3 weeks of rehab appearances.

Motte struck out the side on 13 pitches during his first rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield Sunday. Mozeliak noted that Motte was clocked at 95-96 mph, which is harder than he had been throwing at extended spring training. Motte should eventually work his way into a setup role for the Cards once he's ready.
May 5 - 7:02 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) struck out the side on 13 pitches during his first inning of work on his minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Sunday.

Not a bad start as Motte continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. He'll need several appearances on his rehab assignment before becoming an option for the Cardinals, but barring any setbacks he could rejoin the bullpen at some point in May.
May 4 - 6:15 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in an interview Tuesday that Jason Motte (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment this weekend at Double-A Springfield if a bullpen session Wednesday goes well.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Motte was being clocked at 92-93 mph in recent sessions at the Cardinals' spring training complex. The Cards surely want the velocity to pick up a bit before they activate him, so Motte might be in the minors for a while. He'll surely be eased into higher leverage situations with the big club.
Apr 29 - 8:55 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) won't begin throwing in minor league rehab games until sometime in May.

Motte's fastball was being clocked at 92-93 mph in recent sessions at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida and that's probably not going to be good enough for the right-handed reliever, whose effectiveness relies heavily on heat. "Right now, just being in our extended program makes the most sense," Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said last week. Motte is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.
Apr 29 - 3:46 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Randal Grichuk
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Nick Greenwood
8Carlos Martinez
9Tyler Lyons