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Motte disabled, Salas recalled

The Cardinals have placed reliever Jason Motte on the disabled list with a sprain in his shoulder.

Class AAA reliever Fernando Salas, who has been up and down a couple of times already, has been recalled to St. Louis to replace Motte on the roster.

Although Salas has pitched pretty well in his previous appearances for the big league club, it's going to hurt to be without Motte. The catcher turned fireballing reliever had evolved into one of the righthanded go-to guys in the St. Louis bullpen.

Hopefully Motte won't be out too long. The Cardinals said there was no significant structural damage -- only irritation and a sprain to the AC ligament.