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Cardinals activate Jason Motte from the DL

Jason Motte returns to the Cardinals
Jason Motte returns to the Cardinals
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The Cardinals have announced that they have activated RHP Jason Motte from the disabled list for tonight's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks; the reliever has been out since the beginning of the 2013 season as he's recovered from Tommy John surgery.

Sam Freeman has been optioned to Memphis to make room on the 25-man roster; he was the odd man out since the team has 2 other lefty relievers in Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist. Freeman, recalled last week when Tyler Lyon's went on the DL, pitched in 1 game allowing a walk but striking out 2.

Motte, who closed the 2011 World Series for the Cardinals, had been on a rehab assignment for the last 2 weeks. In 6.2 innings, he didn't allow a run.

Motte, who in 2012 was the National League co-leader in saves (42), is 17-13 with a 2.87 ERA and 54 saves in his 282 career games pitched. He's expect to work into a set up role for current closer Trevor Rosenthal.