Over the last year or so, Jason Motte has focused on a one-day-at-a-time approach in dealing both with his recovery from Tommy John surgery and in helping his many friends and their families with the fight against cancer. So as he took the mound in the 7th inning of Sunday’s regular season home finale, the reliever was not thinking it could be his final appearance as a St. Louis Cardinal.
“Just pitching and doing what I do,” said Motte after the game. “I don’t really think about yesterday, I really don’t think about tomorrow. It’s one of those, okay what happened today? Okay, move forward.”
“I don’t really think about it too much. I’ve got to go out there and I’ve got to worry about now, I’ve got to worry about today and what I’m doing–and that’s trying to get guys out.”
Motte had a 1-2-3 inning on Sunday, but has experienced up-and-down results this year as he’s worked back from the procedure that kept him on the disabled list all of last season.
The 32-year old right-hander is in the final year of his contract with the Cardinals and though eligible for arbitration (3rd-year), determining where he fits for 2015 is not clear.
Extremely popular in the clubhouse, the organization, and community Motte has closed out a World Series championship for St. Louis and is one of just a handful of relievers to record at least 40 saves in a season for the team. Velocity has been close to returning to his familiar 98mph+, but has not yet consistently been there–to be expected in the recovery from Tommy John. Will it return with more time and are the Cardinals and Motte able and willing to work together for that time will be one of the questions addressed this offseason.
THE SIMBA SCUFFLE
–Fun read from Mark Tomasik over at RetroSimba as he revisits this date back in 1974 when Ted Simmons punched Chicago’s Bill Madlock to set off a bench-clearing brawl between the Cardinals and Cubs as seen in the video below…
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