No soreness for Motte after throwing for first time

ST. LOUIS -- Curiosity gave way to relief for Jason Motte on Sunday when he arrived at the ballpark feeling no unusual soreness a day after he resumed throwing for the first time in five weeks.

Motte felt good enough, in fact, that he played catch for a second straight day.

This time, he threw from a further distance -- about 60-65 feet -- and with more exertion. He'll continue progressing through a throwing program in the hopes of working his way back to the mound without surgery.

"I felt good," said Motte, who was diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow earlier this month. "I woke up this morning, and we didn't take a step back. If I didn't feel good, I don't think we would have moved forward. I got to go out and play a little more catch. We'll see how it feels and do it all over again tomorrow. Everything is feeling good so far."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.