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Cardinals update: Mark Ellis, Jason Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals are awaiting the returns of their veteran second baseman Mark Ellis and hard-throwing reliever Jason Motte. Ellis is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee, and Motte is close to returning from Tommy John surgery. Here are the latest updates on each player via Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.Mark EllisEllis is close to rejoining...
Via Sports Injury Alert
7 days ago  |  Discuss

With the Cards' grind about to begin (finally!), here are some numbers that WILL change

ST. LOUIS -- I don't know about you, but I'm about ready for the Cardinals' season to begin. Really begin. Granted, the standings say they've already played nine games but really, the best thing about this little 5-4 stretch is that it's over. I have nothing against Opening Day, even if I'm not sure it's special enough to be capitalized, and the day off...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Cardinals manager Mike Matheny trust his bullpen?

One week into the season, you get the sense that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny does not trust his entire bullpen.In the first 7 games, Matheny has leaned heavily on holdovers Trevor Rosenthal (3 games), Carlos Martinez (4 games), Pat Neshek (4 games) and Kevin Siegrist (5 games). However, rubber-armed LOOGY Randy Choate has appeared in just 2 games, while last year's ground...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Catching up with the Cardinals

Well, as often happens with 3 kids and a demanding job, life got in the way of blogging the last couple weeks, so let's all catch up on what's happened during that time.First, the Cardinals finalized their opening day roster, with the Spring Training Battles being decided, as follows:5th StarterDespite having a superior spring, Carlos Martinez was relegated to the bullpen...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
13 days ago  |  Discuss

John Danks Teams Up To Help K Cancer

John Danks has teamed up with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte to help in the fight against cancer. Motte created the T-shirt campaign “Let’s strikeout cancer” which will help provide funds for not only his charity but a charity of choice from players of all the MLB teams. By going to 108stitches.com, fans have the chance to purchase a K cancer tee from a player rep...
Via Sports Mockery
23 days ago  |  Discuss

David Aardsma signing suggests desperation for St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the deepest rosters in Major League Baseball and are favorites to reach the postseason for the fourth consecutive season, but stay still have one hole that has proved to be difficult to fill. The lineup is virtually set, manager Mike Matheny made the final decision about who would be in the starting pitching rotation Sunday and the bullpen has...
Via i70baseball
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Kelly given Cardinals 5th starter job over Carlos Martinez

As I suspected, the Cardinals announced today that Joe Kelly has "won" the 5th starter job and the Carlos Martinez will be the 8th inning guy in the bullpen.  This despite Martinez' sparkling 1.76 ERA this spring compared to Kelly's 6.28.Makes you wonder why they went through all this pretense of a spring competition in the first place.  What kind of message does...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
27 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals spring position battle: The last bullpen spot

Position battles are few and far between for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals. There are three positions that have yet to be decided, the last bench spot, the last rotation spot, and the last bullpen spot. Players that are fighting for these positions would win spots on many other teams. These are problems only good teams have. On Sunday, the Cardinals announced three cuts from major...
Via Cardinals Farm
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Although injured, Jason Motte might hold key to St. Louis Cardinals bullpen

The man who closed out the 2011 World Series championship for the St. Louis Cardinals and saved 42 games for them a season later has not pitched in a competitive situation in more than a year, but he might turn out to be one of the most important pitchers on the 2014 team’s staff. Jason Motte tore a ligament in his right elbow during spring training in 2013 and had Tommy John...
Via i70baseball
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Motte clears major mental hurdle in second live BP session since Tommy John surgery

Cardinals right-hander Jason Motte is finding out that returning from Tommy John surgery requires patience as much as a good surgeon. The process can take upwards of 12 to 18 months, and includes baby step after baby step. Still less than 11 months since his surgery, Motte cleared another hurdle Monday morning when he pitched his second live batting practice session. He said he...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Pitchers are Showing Signs of Strengthening their Weaknesses

Michael Wacha has already made his mark in Cardinals’ history along with essentially still being a prospect who has a bright future ahead of him. One of his limitations that is often times repeated is his lack of pitches. He has gotten a lot of mileage out of changing speeds, but sooner or later he needs to develop another strong pitch. Last year he attempted to develop a cut fastball...
Via i70baseball
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Motte clears major mental hurdle in second live BP session since Tommy John surgery

JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals right-hander Jason Motte is finding out that returning from Tommy John surgery requires patience as much as a good surgeon. The process can take upwards of 12 to 18 months, and includes baby step after baby step. Still less than 11 months since his surgery, Motte cleared another hurdle Monday morning when he pitched his second live batting practice session...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll: How many games will the St. Louis Cardinals win in 2014?

The St. Louis Cardinals are coming off an incredible season in 2013. One that defied odds as the team had to turn to unproven rookies and youngsters while battling injuries to only fall short in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. It was a season that can be used as an example, as so often happens related to sports, that can teach young people about perseverance and confidence...
Via STLSportsMinute
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Jason Motte is unlikely to be ready by opening day

The defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals entered Spring Training with two question marks in their pitching staff.  The Cardinals are down starter Jaime Garcia, who is not expected to be ready for opening day.  It also appears that reliever Jason Motte, who led the National League in saves in 2012, also doesn't appear to be ready for opening day as he continues...
Via MLB Injury News
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

On current plan, Motte is doubtful for opening day

Cardinals reliever Jason Motte, who led the National League in saves in 2012, said Tuesday that it would be "a push" for him to be ready for opening day on his current rehab schedule. "Even if I’m throwing bullpens at the end of March and I’m firing balls in there that’s great but it’s still not the same as getting in a game with that intensity, that adrenaline...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals notes: Trevor Rosenthal leaves session early with leg soreness, Jason Motte throws another bullpen

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal cut short his throwing session on Tuesday after experiencing soreness in his right leg. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the right-hander felt the soreness in his upper right quad and the Cardinals decided to cut short his 25-pitch session as a result. Rosenthal told Goold that it wasn't something that would...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Extra: Jason Motte

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Via Fox Sports Midwest
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Jaime Garcia ready, Jason Motte making progress

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia made only nine starts last year before suffering a season-ending labrum tear in his left shoulder. He had surgery in late May and is now recovered. According to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, Garcia began Spring Training on Friday ready to reclaim his position in the Cardinals' rotation. Meanwhile, reliever Jason Motte, while still...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals enter spring training as healthy as ever

The St. Louis Cardinals have just about everything a Major League Baseball team could want as it enters the first week of spring training, but one of the most important factors for the Cardinals on the verge of a new season is what they don’t have — injuries. Unless a player gets hurt in the final few days of the offseason, the Cardinals will open their official workouts for...
Via i70baseball
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards' Motte stays focused on healthy return to mound -- whenever that might be

ST. LOUIS -- Nearly nine months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Cardinals reliever Jason Motte doesn't know when he'll return to the mound. "It won't be a normal spring training," he says, and that's about all the specifics he knows regarding his comeback. Motte headed to Camp Jupiter last week to begin a throwing program that, barring setbacks, would...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Jason Motte will start throwing program January 24

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte missed the entire 2013 season with elbow problems that led to his having Tommy John surgery early in the year. He is ready to start his comeback and possibly resume the closer's role that he held from late 2011 through 2012. St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports that Motte will resume a throwing program as early as Friday...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Jason Motte mid-March return possible

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte sat out the entire 2013 season and postseason with elbow problems that began in Spring Training and eventually led to Tommy John surgery in May. He is listed as due back in Spring Training, and although there is no guarantee that he will make it by then, his progress indicates that time frame is very possible.St. Louis Post-Dispatch'...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Thinking About Jason Motte

Jason Motte.  What about Jason Motte? He was a late season revelation in 2011 that parlayed his opportunity into 42 saves in 2012. He's also the first winner of the Darryl Kile Award - given and voted on since 2004 by the Cardinals to an inspirational teammate - to not play a single inning in his award winning season.  By all accounts, this is a dude that you...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Motte: 2013 Darryl Kile Award winner

The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher has been named by his teammates to receive a very special award.
Via stlcardinals.scout.com
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Motte throws off mound for first time since surgery

BOSTON -- FOX Sports Midwest reporter Jim Hayes was in the Fenway Park visitors bullpen when St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte pitched off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in May. Motte, the team's projected 2013 closer, did not pitch this season. He won't be pitching in the World Series, either, but he's obviously making progress...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

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