The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Mike Leake (shingles) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22. Left-handed reliever Dean Kiekhefer has been recalled from Memphis (AAA) and will join the team for tonight's series opener in Milwaukee.
Kiekhefer, who is being recalled for a third time this season by the Cardinals, has appeared in 15 games with St. Louis, totaling 14 innings pitched (0-0, 4.50 ERA). The 27-year-old Kentucky native is unscored upon in his last seven appearances (5.0 IP) with the Cardinals dating to June 3.
At Memphis, Kiekhefer has compiled a 6-1 mark with a 2.08 ERA, two saves and six holds in 29 games (34.2 IP). He's limited left-handed batters at the Triple-A level to a .192 batting average against him this season.
Kiekhefer wears uniform No. 60.
Leake, who worked 7.0 scoreless innings in a 9-0 win at Philadelphia on August 21, is 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA in 25 starts this season.