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Jason Motte is ready to rejoin the Cardinals after Tommy John surgery

Jason Motte

FILE - In this March 18, 2013, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte throw during the ninth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets in Jupiter, Fla. Motte probably will start the season on the disabled because of a mild muscle flexor strain in his pitching arm. The Cardinals said Saturday, March 23, that the right-hander had stopped throwing following the results of an MRI a day earlier. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

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Jason Motte’s comeback from Tommy John surgery is nearly complete, as the one-time Cardinals closer is finished with his minor-league rehab assignment and scheduled to rejoin the active roster Tuesday.

Motte won’t have his old closer gig waiting for him when he returns because Trevor Rosenthal isn’t giving that back anytime soon, but if healthy he could make a huge impact in a setup role. He missed the entire 2013 season, but Motte led the league with 42 saves in 2012 and combined from 2010-2012 he threw 192 innings with a 2.43 ERA and 203 strikeouts.

Expecting him to pick up right where he left off would be wishful thinking, but Motte tossed 6.2 scoreless innings on his rehab assignment and reports of his velocity have been fairly positive.
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