Motte Faces Hitters, Garcia Throws

The light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter for Jason Motte as for the first time in nearly a year, he was on the mound pitching to a batter swinging freely against him.

“It was definitely more effort, more adrenaline than throwing a bullpen,” said Motte of the live BP session to the Belleville News-Democrat afterwards. “It felt good, went well. I feel good now. It’s not one of those (things) where I walked off the mound and I was like, ‘This feels miserable.’

Motte, who has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, had only been playing catch and throwing bullpen sessions thus far in Spring Training.

“It was (important) to come out of it feeling good,” added Motte. “Also to just accomplish getting out there and cranking it up to that next level of actually facing hitters and knowing these guys are swinging and it’s not like a bullpen.”

The Cardinals have not set a return date or timetable for when Motte will see any game action, but he does plan to throw at least another couple of live BP sessions.

It was also noted Jaime Garcia played catch today from 60 feet. The lefty had been shutdown the last 16 days after receiving a cortisone shot to help relieve inflammation caused by bursitis in his shoulder.

The Cardinals also announced pitcher Sam Gaviglio has been reassigned to Minor League Camp, leaving 45 players in Major League Camp.

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