Jason Motte delivered good ratios over 46 appearances for the Braves last season, thanks to a very low hit rate (28 hits allowed in 40.2 innings). His peripherals were among the worst of his career, as he struck out just 16.3 percent of the batters he faced while he issued walks at a career-high 12.1-percent clip. If he's on a 25-man roster in 2018, it seems highly unlikely that he'll be utilized as a ninth-inning option, as high-leverage work may be out of the question now that he's unable to miss bats. As positives go, he posted the highest groundball rate of his career in 2017 (45.2 percent), but unless he finds a way to ratchet that rate up even further, his ERA is more likely to soar above 5.00 than to remain in the mid- 3.00 range. If this turns out to the be the end of the line for him, Motte will retire with 60 career saves, 375 strikeouts in 397.2 innings, a 3.30 career ERA, and a 1.15 career WHIP.
Motte signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Friday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The veteran reliever had a bounce-back season with the Braves last season, producing a 3.54 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched. His peripherals bring up a lot of red flags, however, as he struck out just six batters per nine frames while allowing 1.3 home runs per nine. Unless something drastically changes, it's unlikely that Motte will do anything to get on the fantasy radar this season.
Motte (oblique) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Friday's game against the Mets, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Motte returns to the bullpen following a two-week stay on the disabled list with a right oblique strain. Over the course of the year, the right-hander has posted a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 36 innings.
Motte landed on the 10-day disabled list Friday due to a right oblique strain. Motte threw 17 pitches during Thursday's loss to the Cubs, giving up two earned runs in just an inning of work. It appears as though the right-hander suffered the injury at some point during his outing, although it isn't apparent when it might have happened. This marks the second time this season that Motte has been placed on the shelf, with the other coming in mid-July due to a back strain. There has been no word yet on a timetable for the 35-year-old.
Motte (back) was reinstated from the 10-day DL on Friday. Motte will return to the club after nearing a month without action, as his last major-league appearance occurred July 5 against the Astros. The reliever was able to make another rehab appearance Wednesday, tossing a perfect inning with Triple-A Gwinnett. In a corresponding move, the Braves placed Ian Krol on the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique.
Motte (back) could return to the Braves on Friday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports. Motte has been on the disabled list since the All-Star break with a back strain, but was able to make two rehab appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett over the past week. It appears likely that the 25-year-old returns to the bullpen prior to Friday's series opener with Miami, settling back into a high-leverage role with the club.