Cardinals place Dean on IL, activate Kim, recall Ponce de Leon

Outfielder Austin Dean had a double, three walks and a run Saturday and was 0 for 2 Sunday.
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The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Austin Dean, who left Sunday’s game early with a right elbow strain, on the 10-day injured list.

Dean was activated from the COVID-19 list Sept. 10 and earned starts in left field on Saturday and Sunday. He had a double, three walks and a run Saturday and was 0 for 2 Sunday.

The Cardinals also made a pair of roster moves to line up their starters for Monday’s doubleheader in Milwaukee. Kwang Hyun Kim was activated and will start the first game, while Daniel Ponce de Leon was recalled from the team’s alternate training site in Springfield to start the second game as the 29th man for the doubleheader.

Kim last pitched Sept. 1 before encountering a kidney issue that put him on the IL. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 0.83 ERA in five games (four starts) in his first MLB season.

Ponce de Leon is 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA in six appearances (five starts) in 2020. The right-hander has allowed a home run in each of his last five games.