Left-hander Ross Detwiler passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Rangers last week and has been released.
Detwiler turned down an assignment to Triple-A and will instead hit the open market after allowing 37 runs in 43 innings for the Rangers. He previously had a solid six-season run with the Nationals, splitting time between the rotation and bullpen with a 3.82 ERA in 471 total innings.
Now that the Rangers are on the hook for his entire $3.45 million salary Detwiler should draw some interest in a middle relief role, but the 29-year-old may need to put together some good outings at Triple-A first.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).