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Report: Cardinals to activate Jason Motte on Tuesday

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Jason Motte and his abundant beard will soon be back in the St. Louis bullpen. (USATSI)
Jason Motte and his abundant beard will soon be back in the St. Louis bullpen. (USATSI)

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Former Cardinals closer Jason Motte underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2013, and now he's reportedly set to return to the active roster. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals will activate Motte on Tuesday and add him to the bullpen mix.

Motte hasn't pitched since 2012, when he logged a 2.75 ERA, 5.06 K/BB ratio and an NL-leading 42 saves in 72 innings of work. For his career, the former catcher owns an ERA+ of 135 across parts of five major-league seasons. Motte's in the final year of a two-year, $12 million contract and is eligible for free agency at season's end.

As Goold notes, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny hasn't indicated how Motte will be deployed, but a setup role seems likely for the time being. If closer Trevor Rosenthal (4.98 ERA, 1.93 K/BB ratio this season) continues to struggle, then it's of course possible that Motte could be given a shot at ninth-inning duty once again.

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