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Gregerson designated for assignment, Leone demoted as Cards activate Martinez, recall Helsley

Two key acquisitions for the Cardinals bullpen a year ago were cast aside Friday as the club made room for Carlos Martinez and Ryan Helsley to rejoin the roster before an interleague series against the Texas Rangers.

Luke Gregerson was designated for assignment and Dominic Leone was optioned to Class AAA Memphis as the Cardinals activated Martinez from the injured list and promoted Helsley from Memphis.

The Cardinals signed free agent Gregerson to a two-year, $11 million contract before the 2018 season but haven't received much for their money. Injuries limited him to 11 games in 2018, and he began the '19 season on the injured list before being activated on May 4.