photo: Brandon Dickson (USA Baseball)
On Monday, September 6, the St. Louis Cardinals quietly activated left-handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller from the 10-day injured lost. To make room on the 28-man active roster, pitcher Brandon Dickson was designated for assignment.
On Wednesday, the club disclosed that Dickson has cleared waivers (was not claimed by another organization) and has been outrighted to Memphis (taken off the 40-man roster but remaining with the organization).
At this point, the next use of that 40-man spot is unknown. It could be allocated to a prospect not yet on the 40-man (Matthew Liberatore, for example) or to a player currently on the 60-day injured list who is nearing activation (Dakota Hudson, for example).
In an unrelated move, reliever Justin Miller officially began his rehab with Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
Dickson, who had a 9.58 ERA in his 11 appearances with the Triple-A Redbirds this season, was elevated to St. Louis and placed on the 40-man roster on September 1. Prior to that, he earned a silver medal with Team USA in the 2021 Summer Olympics.
With St. Louis, the 36-year-old pitched an inning each in two games, allowing three earned runs on five hits for a 13.50 ERA.
The 36-year-old, who has a 6.78 ERA in 35 appearances this season, went back on the injured list on August 27 with a left foot blister.
Andrew Miller, who is playing out the final weeks of his three-year, $35 million contract, has been reduced to pitching in low-leverage situations in 2021. This is his second foot blister bad enough to require an injured list move this season. One has been on each foot.
The 34-year-old right-handed reliever had been placed on the 10-day injured list on August 18 due to right ulnar nerve irritation.
Justin Miller has a 6.00 ERA in 12 innings, 14 appearances, since joining St. Louis via a waiver claim from the Washington Nationals on July 3.
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