Jhonny Peralta's time in St. Louis has come to a disappointing end.
Peralta, a three-time All-Star and 15-year veteran who signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cardinals in November 2013, was granted his unconditional release by the team on Tuesday.
St. Louis designated Peralta for assignment on Friday after his disappointing start to the 2017 season. Peralta hit .204 (11-for-54) with zero home runs, zero RBIs and 13 strikeouts in 21 games.
Peralta finished 14th in National League MVP voting during his first season with the Cardinals in 2014, batting .263 with 21 homers and 75 RBIs in a career-high 157 games.
He hit .265 with 46 home runs and 175 RBIs in 415 games with St. Louis.
He spent the next three-plus seasons in Detroit from 2010 through 2013 before signing with the Cardinals in free agency.
Peralta is a lifetime .267 hitter with 202 homers and 873 RBIs in 1,798 career games.
Additionally, the Cardinals recalled right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis and named left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales as the 26th man for Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers.
St. Louis (29-32) also optioned rookie infielder Paul DeJong to Memphis after Sunday's 6-5 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.