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Cardinals designate Leone for assignment, add three players to 40-man roster

Leone had a 5.15 ERA in his two years in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals did some adding and subtracting to their 40-man roster on Wednesday.

The team announced it had designated reliever Dominic Leone for assignment.

Leone was acquired in the Randal Grichuk trade with the Blue Jays two seasons ago. In St. Louis, Leone pitched to a 5.15 ERA in 69 games out of the bullpen.

The Cardinals also added three players to the team's 40-man roster, to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft next month.

The team added infielder Elehuris Montero and right-handed pitchers Alvaro Seijas and Jake Woodford to the 40-man roster.

Montero is ranked as the club's fifth best prospect by Baseball America, and only played in 63 games last season in Springfield, due to injury.

The 21-year-old Seijas pitched for Peoria and Palm Beach in 2019, his fourth professional season in the Cardinals organization.

Woodford went 9-8 with a 4.15 ERA with 131 strikeouts in 26 starts for Memphis in 2019.

Wednesday evening was the deadline for teams to protect players from the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster.

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