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Jason Motte | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jason Motte (elbow) could begin a rehab assignment after throwing his next simulated game on Friday.
Motte has thrown multiple simulated games at the Cardinals' spring training complex, with the latest coming on Tuesday when he threw 19 pitches. While he could begin a rehab assignment by next week, Motte still isn't expected to rejoin the Cards' bullpen until early May. Apr 9 - 9:41 AM

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Jason Motte (elbow) threw 20-25 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game.

Motte, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, has scheduled appearances in extended spring training games Saturday, next Tuesday, and then one later in the week. If all goes well, he'll start a minor league rehab assignment by the middle of the month. It sounds like he has a chance to join the Cards' bullpen in early May.
Apr 3 - 5:06 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Motte is coming along well in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he needs a little more time. He should be added to the Cards' bullpen in late April or early May.
Mar 30 - 9:31 AM

Jason Motte (elbow) is scheduled to make an appearance in a minor league game on Saturday.

It will be his first time pitching in a live game since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last spring. Motte has made a very smooth recovery (up to this point) and could be ready to join the Cardinals as a setup man around the middle of April. St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal is not in danger of losing his job.
Mar 27 - 9:23 AM

Jason Motte (elbow) faced lived hitters in a simulated game on Friday without any issues.

He's scheduled to throw another similar session in the coming days, and then debut in a minor league game on Thursday. He will not appear in Grapefruit League action so the team can backdate his stint on the disabled list. He's expected to rejoin the Cardinals bullpen at some point in mid-April.
Mar 22 - 8:26 AM

Jason Motte (elbow) took a significant step in his recovery process on Friday, facing live hitters for the first time.

Motte threw around 20 pitches in the session against minor league hitters. His command wasn't where he wanted it to be, but the veteran right-hander was pleased with the overall results and came away feeling encouraged. He's expected to be ready to join the Cardinals bullpen in mid-April.
Mar 15 - 9:48 AM

Jason Motte (elbow) will throw live batting practice on Friday.

It will be the first time he's faced hitters since last May's Tommy John surgery. Motte has been increasing the intensity of his bullpen sessions lately and is coming along a little ahead of schedule. He could rejoin the Cardinals' bullpen sometime in April.
Mar 13 - 6:44 PM

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.
Mar 11 - 8:08 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) will ramp up his throwing Saturday to "a pretty high intensity" Saturday.

"My arm has responded well," said Motte, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. "It hasn’t been like I’ve thrown one day and the next day I couldn’t move." The Cardinals haven't set a timetable for the right-hander, but late April/early May seems like a realistic target.
Mar 7 - 8:41 AM

Jason Motte (elbow) said Tuesday that returning sometime in April "may be a possibility."

Motte said that being ready for Opening Day would be "a push," which is no surprise since he's been expected to begin the year on the DL all along. The Cardinals haven't placed a timetable on his return, but it's sounding like it will most likely come around the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery in early May. "Even if I’m throwing bullpens at the end of March and I’m firing balls in there that’s great but it’s still not the same as getting in a game with that intensity, that adrenaline," Motte said. "So you don’t want to go straight from there to the big-league ballgame without facing hitters or doing anything back-to-back. April may be a possibility, I don’t know."
Feb 25 - 6:59 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday to a crouching catcher for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

While Motte was only throwing at 50-60 percent effort, it marked an important step in his recovery process. The most likely scenario still has him beginning the season on the disabled list, but he should be able to rejoin the Cardinals bullpen relatively early in the year. He'll work in a setup capacity in front of new closer Trevor Rosenthal.
Feb 23 - 8:45 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) is on track to pitch off a mound sometime next week.

Until now, Motte had been throwing off a mound to a standing catcher. Next week's pitches will be closer to max effort, a step forward in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last May. Motte's still likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but the hope is that he won't miss too much time once games start.
Feb 22 - 4:43 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) will resume his throwing program later this week.

Motte has been on a scheduled break from his throwing program since before the holidays, but he's headed to the Cardinals' spring training complex Monday and will resume throwing a day or two after that. The hard-throwing reliever is hoping to be game-ready by mid-March and will almost surely begin the year on the DL. However, barring any setbacks, he'll operate as the main setup man for Trevor Rosenthal for the bulk of the season.
Jan 19 - 2:39 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) is hoping to be game-ready by mid-March.

Motte is currently on a scheduled break from throwing as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. He last threw a bullpen session just before Thanksgiving and did so at about 75 percent. Motte will enter spring training a few weeks behind the other Cardinals pitchers and there's a good chance he'll begin the season on the DL. When he does return, the former 40-save man will be used to help set up for Trevor Rosenthal.
Jan 3 - 8:42 AM

Jason Motte (elbow) is currently throwing three days a week at his home in Memphis while he continues his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

The 31-year-old right-hander will take some time off of his throwing program from Thanksgiving to Christmas, then head to the team's spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida in early January to continue his rehab. Motte believes he's on track to return next April or early May. He's slated to pitch as a setup man initially upon his return, as Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny has already named Trevor Rosenthal as his closer to begin the 2014 season.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 09:03:00 AM

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Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Carlos Martinez
3Jason Motte
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