Motte Headlines Cardinals Transaction Tuesday

A series of player moves in the St. Louis Cardinals system includes the return of a former closer.

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Motte: The Return of the Beard

As reported by The Cardinal Nation early Tuesday morning, reliever Sam Freeman was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Monday. His replacement on the St. Louis Cardinals' 25-man roster was formalized on Monday when right-handed reliever Jason Motte was activated off the seven-day disabled list.

Motte, 31, last pitched for the Cardinals during the 2012 postseason. He was injured during 2013 spring training and was forced to miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. Motte, who in 2012 was the National League co-leader in saves with 42, is 17-13 with a 2.87 ERA and 54 saves in his 282 career games pitched.

During his injury rehabilitation stint with Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis that began on May x, Motte appeared in a combined six games. In 6 2/3 innings, he did not allow a run on three hits. He struck out five and issued just one walk.

Motte, who is eligible for free agency following the season, is expected to ease into a main set up role behind closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Luis Perdomo: A job well done

In need of fresh arms, the Palm Beach Cardinals received pitcher Luis Perdomo from extended spring training last Saturday. The 21-year-old pitched brilliantly when called upon that night in Tampa. The right-hander threw three scoreless innings of relief on just two hits and no walks. Perdomo fanned three Yankees.

In his return to the short-season ranks, the Dominican Republic native has been assigned to the roster of the State College Spikes, where he may open in the rotation next month.

110 Voits of Offense for Palm Beach?

In need of offense at A-Advanced Palm Beach, the St. Louis Cardinals have called upon first baseman Luke Voit. The 23-year-old had been participating in the organization's extended spring training camp.

Selected in the 22nd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the former Missouri State star was drafted as a catcher but was moved to first base during instructional league last fall. With Johnson City last season, the switch-hitter posted a line of .242/.329/.356. Voit hit two home runs and drove in 16 in 46 Appalachian League contests.

Voit replaces reliever Luis Perdomo on Palm Beach's active roster. The club's current first baseman, David Washington, has been a feast or famine player. He leads the team with eight home runs and 26 RBI, but is batting just .194 and has struck out in 31.6 percent of his at-bats this season.

Scissors over Stone as First Baseman Cut from Peoria

Struggling with the bat since making the leap from the Gulf Coast League in 2013 to the Midwest League this season, Jake Stone's time with the Peoria Chiefs is over – at least for now. The 23-year-old has been reassigned to the Cardinals Extended Spring Training camp.

The left-handed hitter managed just a .136/.294/.184 line in 103 at-bats over 34 Midwest League games. In recent days, Stone has seen less playing time as second baseman Mason Katz has slid over to first.

Ringo is new Chiefs' First Baseman's name-o

With the departure of Jake Stone from Class-A Peoria, first baseman Justin Ringo has been tabbed from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp to replace him.

The 23-year-old, taken in the 28th round of the 2013 draft from Stanford, was among Johnson City's hitting leaders last season. The left-handed hitter finished ninth in the Appalachian League batting race at .300 and impressively drew 26 walks against just 22 strikeouts in 200 at-bats.

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