This season, Hamilton began the season on the disabled list with a quad injury. After his May 4 activation, he batted .231 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 90 games for the Triple-A Redbirds. His home run count was up from just two last season, but his batting average dropped 114 points year-to-year.
Hamilton also had appeared in a total of 47 games with St. Louis in 2010 and 2011, batting just .197. He was not called up this season and a September addition to the expanded major league roster also seemed unlikely.
With the move, the Cardinals free up another 40-man roster spot, the second this week, after reliever Brian Fuentes was placed on the restricted list. The Cardinals currently sit at 38, with Jaime Garcia expected to use one when he is activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday.
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