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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cardinals' Jason Motte nears return as he heads to Triple-A

By on 5/13/2014 04:45:00 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals are coming off a disastrous 17-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Monday. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 19-20, second in the National League Central.  Tyler Lyons allowed nine runs and nine hits in four innings. The Cardinals' bullpen didn't fare much better, allowing eight runs and 11 hits in five innings.  Help should be on the way soon in the bullpen, as Jason Motte, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is nearly ready to return.

On May 5, our own Matt Musico reported that Motte began his first rehab appearance at Double-A Springfield. It took him 13 pitches to get through one inning, striking out the side. Yesterday Derrick Goold, who covers the Cardinals for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, tweeted the following about Motte's status.
Motte was drafted by the Cardinals in 2003 and has pitched for the Cardinals since 2006.  Motte was primarily a setup man in 2010 and 2011 before become the Cardinals' closer the following season.  He went 4-5 with 42 saves and a 2.75 ERA in 2012. In 72 innings, he allowed only 49 hits and struck out 86.  In 282 career games, Motte is 17-12 with a 2.87 ERA.

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