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Matt Carpenter returns to the St. Louis Cardinals from paternity leave as Ruben Tejada has been cut loose

Matt Carpenter returns to the St. Louis Cardinals from paternity leave as Ruben Tejada has been cut loose.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Saturday that infielder Matt Carpenter has been activated from Major League Baseball’s Paternity List and that the team has designated infielder Ruben Tejada for assignment in order to make room for Carpenter on the team’s 25-man active roster.

Brian Walton’s take

Carpenter, who leads the Cardinals in home runs (nine) and RBI (32) despite being the club’s regular leadoff man, has been out since Thursday.

Cutting Tejada loose is not a surprise. After all, in 40 plate appearances, his slash line is just .176/.225/.235/.460. Further, Aledmys Diaz proving his value as a major leaguer and the impending return of Jhonny Peralta essentially eliminates the need for Tejada.

St. Louis signed Tejada for a $1.5 million contract in March after he was jettisoned by the Mets and shortly after Peralta’s thumb injury. The 26-year-old will almost certainly find a home elsewhere, whether before or more likely, after clearing waivers.

The immediate beneficiary appears to be infielder Greg Garcia, who came up from Memphis when Carpenter went on leave and has performed well in brief opportunities with St. Louis. However, the 26-year-old will likely be returned to Triple-A when Peralta, whose rehab has progressed to Double-A Springfield, is ready for activation.  

With the move, Tejada has been removed from St. Louis’ 40-man roster with the club having 10 days to settle his fate, whether to be claimed off waivers, traded or released.

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