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.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”