Ravelo was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. There really wasn't anywhere for Ravelo to play last season, and with the uncertainty surrounding the DH in the NL for 2021, it's not surprising he was cut loose. The 28-year-old first baseman hit .189 with three home runs in 84 plate appearances over the past two seasons.
Ravelo went 2-for-2 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI during a 12-2 win over the Tigers in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. Getting the start as the DH in the matinee, Ravelo connected off Nick Ramirez in the sixth inning for his first homer of 2020. The 28-year-old has gone 4-for-11 since rejoining the Cards' roster with five RBI in three games.
Ravelo went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in a win over the Cubs on Sunday. Ravelo drew the start at designated hitter for only his second game action of the season, a campaign during which he had to overcome a COVID-19 infection that was part of the team's outbreak in August. The 28-year-old's third-inning double Sunday plated Tyler O'Neill to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead and Ravelo his first RBI since Sept. 25 of last season. Now that he's healthy, Ravelo may have a chance at semi-regular playing time at either DH or as a potential fill-in at a corner infield spot for what remains of the regular season.
Ravelo (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday. Ravelo was caught up in the Cardinals' early-season COVID-19 outbreak and has been off the roster since that time, though he's been able to work out at the Cardinals' secondary site for over two weeks. He'll likely be little more than a bench bat during his time with the team, as he's shown very little through his first 45 big-league plate appearances, hitting .195/.244/.390. Dexter Fowler landed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons in a corresponding move.
Ravelo (illness) is set to start getting at-bats at the Cardinals' alternate training site in Springfield, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The utility asset is one of a multitude of Cardinals players working his way through the COVID-19 reentry process. Ravelo was cleared for baseball activities Tuesday, and if he's able to demonstrate his timing at the plate is solid in Springfield, he could be deemed ready for activation in fairly short order.