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Jason Motte takes a job with the University of Memphis

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Pitcher Jason Motte was in Cardinals spring training camp this year. It didn’t go well, as he allowed six runs on 13 hits and two walks in five and a third, earning his release in late March. He didn’t latch on with another team following that and has not pitched this year.

He has been interviewing, however, and now he has a job. From the University of Memphis:

Former Major League Baseball player and World Series Champion, Jason Motte, joins the University of Memphis baseball staff as the Director of Player Development starting in 2018.

As Director of Player Development, Motte will assist in a variety of roles in the development of the student-athletes.

I suppose the “former” there will serve as official notice that Motte is retiring.

Motte heads into the next phase of his life with a career record of 27-15, a 3.30 ERA, 60 saves, a K/BB ratio of 375/125 in 397.2 innings pitched in 444 major league appearances across nine seasons for the Cardinals, Rockies, Cubs and Braves. He won a World Series ring with St. Louis in 2011 and appeared in three different postseasons.

Good luck with your future endeavors, Mr. Motte.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.