Back injury sends Jason Motte to the disabled list again

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Jason Motte’s return from Tommy John elbow surgery is on hold, as the Cardinals have placed the 32-year-old reliever on the disabled list with a lower back injury.

Motte has looked nothing like his former dominant self after missing all of last season, striking out just 16 batters in 22 innings while serving up seven homers on the way to a 4.91 ERA. His average fastball has clocked in at 93.9 miles per hour, compared to 96.8 mph in 2012.

Prior to blowing out his elbow Motte had a lifetime 2.87 ERA and 273 strikeouts in 260 innings and saved a league-leading 42 games for the Cardinals in 2012.