Jason Motte RP CHC 1 week ago

Motte gave up two hits - including a home run - without retiring a batter Friday.

In his last four appearances, covering just two innings, Motte has given up seven hits, four runs, and has walked three. After missing all of 2013 due to Tommy John surgery, it's clear that Motte is no longer the pitcher he once was.

Jason Motte RP CHC 1 month ago

Motte struck out two in a scoreless inning Thursday.

Motte's last two appearances were disasters, so he really needed the clean inning. For the year he's already made eight appearances and has a nice 5:1 K:BB ratio, but he's given up five runs and seven hits in eight innings.

Jason Motte RP CHC 2 months ago

Manager Joe Maddon has not lost confidence in Motte despite the pitcher's struggles this spring, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. "I'm not worried about him," Maddon said. "I think the velocity is real good, the shape of his pitchers are a little different and I think it'll get better."

Motte has given up seven runs and three walks in his last two appearances. For the spring, his ERA sits at 14.21 and he's walked five in 6.1 innings. He saved 53 games with the Cardinals, including 42 in 2012, but If his struggles continue into the regular season, he may not sniff the eighth inning, let alone the ninth.

Jason Motte RP CHC 2 months ago

Motte gave up four runs Thursday, with the big blow coming on a three-run homer by Albert Pujols.

There's no shame in giving up a home run to Albert Pujols, but it's been a shaky spring for Motte, who is expected to play a big role in the bullpen. In six innings, he's given up 10 hits, seven runs, and three walks, and the former fireballer has struck out just four. While Motte is probably first in line for saves if Hector Rondon falters, Pedro Strop might be a better bet right now.

Jason Motte RP CHC 2 months ago

Motte pitched a scoreless inning against the White Sox on Friday.

Motte has made five appearances this spring, three of them scoreless. He'll likely be the top set-up man for Hector Rondon, and given his experience, he'd be the first to get the call to close if Rondon loses the job.

Jason Motte RP CHC 5 months ago

Motte agreed to a one-year deal with the Cubs on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The 32-year-old old Motte has proven to be an effective reliever, posting sub-2.80 ERA's in each season from 2010-12. He missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but returned this season to make 29 appearances for the Cardinals. Those appearances resulted in a disappointing 4.68 ERA, and Motte was left off the NLDS roster. He'll enter spring training in competition for a middle relief spot and could be in contention to grab the Cubs' setup role.

Jason Motte RP CHC 8 months ago

Motte will not be on the Cardinals' NLDS roster, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Motte looked sharp immediately upon his return from Tommy John surgery in late May, allowing just one earned run in his first six appearances, but the wheels came off shortly thereafter. Overall, Motte, an impending free agent, posted a 4.68 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 17:9 K:BB over 25 innings.

Jason Motte RP CHC 9 months ago

Motte (back) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Motte went on the disabled list in early August and has returned to the bullpen with the September roster expansion. He should retake a spot in middle relief for the Cardinals upon his return and could see some late inning work.

Jason Motte RP CHC 9 months ago

Motte (back) was sent on a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Sunday and is expected to pitch Sunday night, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Motte threw a bullpen session Friday, and will take the next step towards a return by going on a rehab assignment Sunday. If everything goes well, he could rejoin the Cardinals some time this week.

Jason Motte RP CHC 9 months ago

Motte (back) threw a bullpen session Friday, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Motte was able to throw at full speed Friday in what marked his third mound session since recovering from a lower back strain. Motte's next step is uncertain, but it seems a return to St. Louis is not far off at this point.