Alberto Callaspo and his remaining contract went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week, so the Dodgers have released the veteran infielder.
Los Angeles acquired Callaspo from Atlanta in a late-May trade, but he hit just .260 with zero homers and a .637 OPS in 60 games for the Dodgers while playing primarily third base.
Callaspo is a switch-hitter with good contact skills, but the problem is that he’s not a good enough hitter to be a corner infield asset and not a good enough fielder to be a middle infield asset.
He could latch on somewhere as a bench bat down the stretch.
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).