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Jason Motte is ready to rejoin the Cardinals after Tommy John surgery

May 19, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jason Motte‘s comeback from Tommy John surgery is nearly complete, as the one-time Cardinals closer is finished with his minor-league rehab assignment and scheduled to rejoin the active roster Tuesday.

Motte won’t have his old closer gig waiting for him when he returns because Trevor Rosenthal isn’t giving that back anytime soon, but if healthy he could make a huge impact in a setup role. He missed the entire 2013 season, but Motte led the league with 42 saves in 2012 and combined from 2010-2012 he threw 192 innings with a 2.43 ERA and 203 strikeouts.

Expecting him to pick up right where he left off would be wishful thinking, but Motte tossed 6.2 scoreless innings on his rehab assignment and reports of his velocity have been fairly positive.

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  1. stlouis1baseball - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Trevor Rosenthal is in line for some much needed rest. Dude has been living on the edge for the last couple of weeks (and blew one over the weekend). Motte’s return can’t come soon enough!

  2. Carl Hancock - May 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Too bad he can’t hit. But seriously though, it’ll be good to have him back to provide both a fresh arm and some additional veteran leadership to the young bullpen.

  3. beepbeepbeeplgb - May 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    “Motte won’t have his old closer gig waiting for him when he returns because Trevor Rosenthal isn’t giving that back anytime soon”

    really? I’d say Trevor is pretty much TRYING to give it back to motte. he looks terrible and walks at least one person almost every outing. I’m hoping after a few good outings by motte he gets his old job back.

  4. missingdiz - May 19, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    It’s a wonder Rosenthal hasn’t blown more saves. He’s walking more than twice as many guys as last year. And lately they’re hitting close to .300 off him. So, I’ll go with “wishful thinking” and hope Motte returns to form and wins his old job back.

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