Cardinals reliever Jason Motte has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 1, due to a lower back sprain, the club announced via press release. As a corresponding move, left-hander Nick Greenwood has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
Motte, 32, has a 4.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 22 innings this season, as he's returned from Tommy John surgery. He missed all of last season recovering from the procedure after leading the NL in saves in 2012. Obviously, things haven't gone quite as well this season, but it's his first back from the surgery and that generally happens.
This will mark the second big-league stint for Greenwood, who earlier this year had a 4.74 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in nine appearances for St. Louis.