Cardinals release Jonathan Broxton

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The Cardinals released reliever Jonathan Broxton on Wednesday and called up pitcher John Gant from Triple-A Memphis, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Broxton, 32, struggled to a 6.89 ERA with a 16/11 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings this season with the Cardinals. He hasn’t been an above-average reliever since 2014, but since teams shuffle players in and out of bullpens so often throughout the year and pitchers are so prone to injuries, Broxton should get another shot soon enough.

Gant is returning to the majors for the first time this season. At Triple-A, he put up a 2.19 ERA with an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings across three starts. He missed the first month-plus of the season with a strained groin.