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Back injury sends Jason Motte to the disabled list again

Aug 8, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Jason Motte‘s return from Tommy John elbow surgery is on hold, as the Cardinals have placed the 32-year-old reliever on the disabled list with a lower back injury.

Motte has looked nothing like his former dominant self after missing all of last season, striking out just 16 batters in 22 innings while serving up seven homers on the way to a 4.91 ERA. His average fastball has clocked in at 93.9 miles per hour, compared to 96.8 mph in 2012.

Prior to blowing out his elbow Motte had a lifetime 2.87 ERA and 273 strikeouts in 260 innings and saved a league-leading 42 games for the Cardinals in 2012.

  1. wannabeGM - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Reblogged this on stlcardinalsminimo and commented:
    not good

  2. SocraticGadfly - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    It will be a bit of a miss of him for the rest of this year, but this just confirms that he won’t be resigned, unless he takes a huge pay cut.

    • fearlessleader - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Sad ending (as a Cardinal, anyway) for a great guy. He was terrific in 2011 and beyond, and the story of how he spent his post-Tommy John year working with kids with cancer is just wonderful; it’s too bad he’s had such a rough time this season. If he can’t find success with the Cards, I hope he’ll find it somewhere else.

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