UPDATES & NEWS
Jason Motte (elbow) threw to a couple of minor-leaguers Friday morning. His command wasn't good, but perhaps that's to be expected.
Motte hopes to fill a set up role for the Cardinals this season. He posses no immediate threat to Trevor Rosenthal for 9th inning duties for the Cardinals and the plan is for the younger Rosnethal to close all year long.ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender