Motte making strides toward return

Motte making strides toward return

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Motte's return to the Cardinals got a good bit closer on Monday.

Motte threw an aggressive bullpen session at PNC Park prior to Monday night's Cardinals vs. Pirates game and came through it feeling good, putting him on track to go on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday. Motte has not pitched since Aug. 2, as a result of a shoulder injury.

"I felt good," Motte said. "I think we need to go to Springfield or Memphis and throw on Wednesday, day off Thursday, then throw on Friday in a game just to get a couple games."

Motte reported no discomfort in the joint after the throwing session. If he pitches on Wednesday and Friday in the Minor Leagues, he could conceivably be activated as soon as the Cardinals' weekend series in Washington, or perhaps on Monday in Houston.

Motte is a key cog in the Cardinals' bullpen. He's the primary option when the club needs a strikeout, especially against a right-handed hitter.