Jason Motte threw a simulated game in extended spring training in Florida on Friday without any issues.
The Cardinals expect to have Motte back in the bullpen mix by the end of the month and will likely serve as the team's eighth inning option. Outside of deep NL-only leagues there is no reason to make him a consideration with Trevor Rosenthal cemented in the closer role. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Cecil Shorts might be ready to play against Jacksonville in Week 6.
Both Shorts and Nate Washington missed Thursday's game, making way for Jaelen Strong and Keith Mumphery. While strong caught two TDs, Mumphery was a non-factor. Strong earned himself more playing time in the coming weeks, possibly coming at Shorts' expense, though it could come at Washington's as coach Bill O'Brien said that Shorts had a better chance of playing against Jacksonville than Washington does. Analysis: Brian Rothstein