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Cardinals recall Gant; DFA Siegrist

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled RHP John Gant from Memphis to take Mike Leake‘s spot on the 25 man roster. They also activated LHP Kevin Siegrist from the 10 day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

What happened

The Cardinals had to fill Leake’s roster spot immediately, and with his 40 man spot being kept warm for Jack Flaherty, who will start Friday against the Giants, that left a limited list of potential players to join the 25 man. That led to John Gant’s return.

Kevin Siegrist, who has been on the disabled list since August 6th with left forearm tendinitis, was designated for assignment by the club which removes him from the 40 man roster, opening up a spot for a September call up tomorrow.

What does it mean

Gant was acquired from the Braves over the winter for Jaime Garcia and has a 3.83 ERA in 18 starts for Memphis this season, including a 2.97 ERA over his last five. This will be his second stint in the big leagues this season, he made one appearance in June where he allowed two earned runs in 3.1 innings of work in relief.

He has a career 4.89 ERA over 53.1 innings over the past two seasons between Atlanta and St. Louis.

Once upon a time, Kevin Siegrist was among the best relievers in baseball but 2017 turned into a tough year for the left hander, who had a 2.44 ERA in 136.1 innings over the previous two seasons entering this year. Between an earlier stint on the DL for a neck issue and now an arm problem, the club elected to designate him for assignment.

He has a 4.98 ERA over 34.1 innings this season. The Cardinals will have 10 days to waive him, trade him, or release him.

Impact

4/10. Today was mostly procedural for the Cardinals, but it is a little surprising that they elected to designate Kevin Siegrist for assignment considering how good he has been while healthy. Too much injury risk for next season, I suppose, and with Tyler Lyons having solidified a role in the bullpen along with Brett Cecil and Ryan Sherriff out there, it was getting crowded for left handers.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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