The St. Louis Cardinals activated relief pitcher Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list.
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Motte missed the entire 2013 season as a result fromTommy John
surgery. He last pitched for the Cardinals during the 2012 postseason run. In 2012, Motte was one of two National League co-leaders with 42 saves. In his entire career, the reliever is 17-13 with a 2.87 ERA and 54 saves in 282 career appearances.
To make room on the 25-man roster for Motte in the series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cardinals optioned left-handed reliever Sam Freeman to Memphis (AAA, Pacific Coast League) following Sunday afternoon’s game.
Motte appeared in six games during his rehab stints in Springfield (AA, Texas League) and Memphis. In 6.2 innings split between the two teams, Motte did not allow a run.
The questions for the Cardinals must be what role will they use the reliever in the bullpen. Motte was the closer during the 2011 postseason run before newly named Cardinals manager Mike Matheny named him as his official closer heading into the 2012 season.
With Motte available out of the bullpen tonight, Matheny has given Rosenthal the night off according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.