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.