Jason Motte RP STL 2 Months

Jason Motte went 1 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks in his first appearance since 2012.

Motte's fastball velocity was just 92-93 mph -- down several ticks from where it was before Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but his cutter looked sharp and he helped the Cardinals to a 12th-inning victory.

Jason Motte RP STL 2 Months

Cardinals activated RHP Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list.

Motte will be an active member of the Cardinals' bullpen on Tuesday night for the first time since the 2012 playoffs. He wound up missing close to 13 months following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will likely be eased back into high-leverage situations. The bearded right-hander is expected to eventually settle in as the primary setup man for St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Jason Motte RP STL 2 Months

Jason Motte (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday if he gets through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.

Motte struck out five over 6 2/3 scoreless innings during a rehab assignment. He was touching 95-96 mph during the assignment, so it appears he's not far off from where he was pre-Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals figure to ease him with low-leverage situations initially.

Jason Motte RP STL 2 Months

Jason Motte (elbow) will throw in front of the Cardinals on Saturday and Sunday before being re-evaluated.

It seems likely that he'll be activated from the disabled list at that point if they like what they see. Motte has pitched on back-to-back day, has made a two-inning appearance and hasn't given up a run in six rehab appearances, so he doesn't really have any other boxes to check. The Cards figure to ease him with low-leverage situations initially.

Jason Motte RP STL 2 Months

Jason Motte (elbow) threw a scoreless inning in his rehab debut for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.

Motte made four scoreless appearances at Double-A Springfield before moving his rehab assignment to Memphis. The hard-throwing right-hander should be ready to join the Cardinals' bullpen in about a week. He missed the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Jason Motte RP STL 2 Months

Jason Motte (elbow) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis on Monday.

Motte has looked extremely sharp thus far, firing 3 2/3 scoreless innings while posting a 3/1 K/BB ratio. If all continues to go well, he could be looking at a return to the Cardinals bullpen before the end of May.

Jason Motte RP STL 3 Months

Jason Motte (elbow) tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday in his second rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield.

Motte threw just six pitches and induced a fly out and two ground outs. He's expected to rehab for 2-3 weeks before joining the Cardinals' bullpen. Look for him to eventually emerge in a set-up role.

Jason Motte RP STL 3 Months

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Jason Motte (elbow) will likely need 2-3 weeks of rehab appearances.

Motte struck out the side on 13 pitches during his first rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield Sunday. Mozeliak noted that Motte was clocked at 95-96 mph, which is harder than he had been throwing at extended spring training. Motte should eventually work his way into a setup role for the Cards once he's ready.

Jason Motte RP STL 3 Months

Jason Motte (elbow) struck out the side on 13 pitches during his first inning of work on his minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Sunday.

Not a bad start as Motte continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. He'll need several appearances on his rehab assignment before becoming an option for the Cardinals, but barring any setbacks he could rejoin the bullpen at some point in May.

Jason Motte RP STL 3 Months

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in an interview Tuesday that Jason Motte (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Motte was being clocked at 92-93 mph in recent sessions at the Cardinals' spring training complex. The Cards surely want the velocity to pick up a bit before they activate him, so Motte might be in the minors for a while.