ST. LOUIS -- Four months into his rehab from Tommy John surgery in May, right-hander Jason Motte began a throwing program Monday.
The former closer threw lightly into a net 20 times and expects to do the same Wednesday on an every-other-day schedule.
Motte was placed on the disabled list on March 29 with a strained right elbow, which was later diagnosed as a ligament tear. Motte declined to speculate whether he was on track with the typical 12-15-month timetable for recovery from the surgery.
"I just take it one day at a time," Motte said. "It was 20 throws into a net, it wasn't really that strenuous. You could get a 3-year-old to do that, so it wasn't really that tough. But it felt fine."
Beltran named finalist for Man of Year Award
ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran has been selected by his teammates as the Cardinals' nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. The annual honor recognizes the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
Fan voting, which runs through Sunday, will help select six finalists from the 30 nominees on MLBplayers.com. The overall winner will then be chosen from those finalists during a player vote on Sept. 17. Previous winners include former Cardinals Albert Pujols and Mark McGwire.
Beltran, an eight-time All-Star and member of the 300/300 club, has committed himself to several charitable efforts in Puerto Rico and St. Louis. He started the Carlos Beltran Foundation eight years ago and helped fund the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, which opened in 2011. He attended the first graduation ceremony at the academy in June.
At a local level, Beltran joined with the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis to create the Carlos Beltran Scholarship Award. He donated $20,000 to eight students through this program. Through his Beltran's Buddies initiative, Beltran hosted two dozen underprivileged children at Busch Stadium this season.
Postseason tickets set to go on sale Thursday
ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals again on track to play into October, the club announced postseason tickets will be available for purchase beginning Thursday.
Tickets for a potential Wild Card game, which is scheduled to be played on Oct. 1, as well as Division Series tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased online at cardinals.com, at the Busch Stadium ticket window on 8th Street or by calling 314-345-9000.
Online registration is required for those wanting to buy tickets for National League Championship Series and/or World Series games. Fans can submit their registration from Friday through Sept. 19, after which a random drawing will be held to determine who gets an opportunity to purchase tickets. Winners of the drawing will be notified via email on Sept. 20, and can begin buying NLCS or World Series tickets on Sept. 24.
Full details on the online registration process can be found at cardinals.com/postseason. The organization has set a four-ticket limit for one NLCS game and a two-ticket limit for one World Series game.
• Allen Craig (mid-left foot sprain) is scheduled to be re-evaluated Thursday by Dr. John Naduad, a foot and ankle specialist at Mercy Hospital. Craig was cleared for a light weight room workouts Tuesday and continues to walk without a boot.
• The Cardinals are offering active and retired military, as well as emergency first responders, the opportunity to receive six free tickets to the Cardinals' games against the Brewers on Wednesday and Thursday. The timing corresponds with baseball's commemoration of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Visit cardinals.com/heroes for more information or to request the complimentary tickets.
• Class A State College, the Cardinals' short-season rookie club, earned a spot in the New York-Penn League Championship Series with an elimination game victory against the Pirates' affiliate on Sunday. The best-of-three Championship Series opens Tuesday at the Tri-City ValleyCats (Astros) home park. State College will host Game 2 on Wednesday and, if necessary, Game 3 on Thursday.
• Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that all uniformed personnel will wear an American flag patch on their caps Wednesday, as the sport pays tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Special bases and lineup cards will be used at all games, and home clubs will have a pregame ceremony during which there will be a moment of remembrance.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.