Cardinals place pitcher Motte on DL

 ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Cardinals put relief pitcher Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday with a shoulder injury.

Motte, 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA and two saves, is suffering from a Grade I separation of the AC joint in his right shoulder.

The Cardinals called up relief pitcher Fernando Salas from Triple A Memphis to replace Motte. Salas, in his fifth stint with St. Louis this season, has struck out nine and walked four in 10 appearances covering 11 2-3 innings. He was 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA at Memphis.

Motte, 28, gave up two earned runs in the eighth inning of a 9-4 loss to Houston on Monday. He entered the game at the start of seventh and did not allow a run but complained of shoulder soreness following the inning. He started the eighth but was unable to record an out.

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