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By Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly

(KSDK Sports) -- Another box was checked in the rehab assignment for St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte–who threw two innings on Thursday night for the Memphis Redbirds. It was the first time he had thrown more than one inning in a rehab appearance.

Motte pitched the fifth and sixth innings, allowing only one hit–a broken bat single. He also struck out a pair of batters and recorded the other outs on a grounder and three fly balls. Motte threw a total of 31 pitches, 18 of which were strikes.

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It is not clear what the next step–if any, is necessary for Motte before being activated from the disabled list and joining the Cardinals, though he had yet to reach his prior velocity of 98mph+ going into Thursday's appearance.

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Randal Grichuk homered twice in the Redbirds 10-6 loss and is hitting .407 (11-27) since being optioned back to Memphis.

Greg Garcia also had a hit in the game–his first appearance since being optioned from St. Louis on Wednesday.

Brian Stull will be contributing to KSDK Sports throught the 2014 MLB season. Brian is the St. Louis Cardinals lead writer at St. Louis Baseball Weekly and is the host of the St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show on CBS Sports Radio 920.

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