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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Motte (back) has not yet been cleared to begin throwing as the veteran reliever recovers from a lower back strain, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Motte was hoping to return when eligible but now looks to miss a month or more with the ailment. It's been a disappointing season for Motte who was hoping to return from Tommy John surgery and find the success he had before, but he's posted a 4.91 ERA and an even uglier 6.90 FIP.

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Motte (back) is not expected to return from the disabled list until September, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Motte is not yet throwing after he was placed on the disabled list last Friday, putting him off track to return in the 15-day minimum. Once he starts throwing, Motte would still likely require a rehab assignment, pushing him return to the St. Louis bullpen back a few days further. He's hardly looked like the dominant closer of old coming off Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2013 season, posting a 4.91 ERA and striking out 16 batters in 22 innings.

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Motte (back) is hoping to return from lower back strain Sunday but the Cardinals are not optimistic about his chances, MLB.com reports.

The Cardinals would like Motte to pitch in some rehab games, something he is still unable to do. The more likely scenario is that Motte will return mid to late next week.

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Motte was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with a lower back strain.

Motte hasn't pitched since Aug. 1 and this explains why. With the stint made retroactive to Aug. 2, the right-hander will be eligible to return as soon as next Saturday, but it's uncertain whether he'll be ready by that time. Lefty Nick Greenwood was recalled to replace Motte, who has posted a 4.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 24 appearances this season.

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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.