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Cardinals designate Kevin Siegrist for assignment

Matthew Schmidt



JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 23: St Louis Cardinals Pitcher John Gant (53) during a St Louis Cardinals spring training workout at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida on February 23, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)
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The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled right-handed pitcher John Gant from Triple-A Memphis and have designated left-hander Kevin Siegrist for assignment after activating him from the club’s 10-day disabled list, the team has announced.

Gant has only pitched in one game with the Cardinals’ major league team this season, allowing two runs on three hits over 3.1 innings of work. The 25-year-old has made 18 starts for Triple-A Memphis this year, going 6-5 with a 3.83 ERA across 103.1 frames of action. He has surrendered 109 hits while striking out 99 opposing batters. St. Louis acquired Gant back in December in a trade that sent starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves.

Gant was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 21st round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, but the Mets dealt Gant to the Braves in July 2015 for infielders Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. The Savannah, Georgia native owns solid career minor-league numbers, currently owning a 39-27 lifetime record and a 3.42 ERA across 105 appearances and 99 starts.

Siegrist had been placed on the club’s 10-day disabled list back on August 6 due to left forearm tendonitis. The Cardinals activated him on Thursday, but then designated him for assignment. The 28-year-old reliever was having a rough season, pitching to the tune of a 4.98 ERA over 39 appearances out of the bullpen. In 34.1 innings, Siegrist surrendered 35 hits and handed out 20 walks, good for an alarming WHIP of 1.602. Prior to this year, Siegrist had been a dependable reliever for St. Louis, posting ERAs of 2.17 and 2.77, respectively, in 2015 and 2016.

He made his major league debut in 2013 and registered a sparkling 0.45 ERA through 39.2 innings.

Matthew Schmidt is a life-long sports fan who was born and raised in New Jersey, which makes the fact that he is a Celtics and Marlins fan kind of peculiar. Don't worry; he likes the Giants in football, so his New Jersey roots have not been completely tarnished. You can also find his work at Bleacher Report and Baseline Banter.