Cardinals activate Jason Motte

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Via the Cardinals’ official Twitter account

Motte wound up missing around 13 months to Tommy John surgery. He’ll be available out of the Cardinals’ bullpen for the first time since the 2012 postseason on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. The 31-year-old right-hander tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings — striking out five and walking just one — on his minor league rehab assignment and should slide into a setup role behind Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.