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Trever Miller, Edwin Jackson and Colby Rasmus

There's news today about some of the principals today in the Colby Rasmus trade:

First, former Cardinals southpaw Trever Miller has been designated by Toronto. Miller managed to pitch only 3 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays. He allowed six hits and a pair of walks to put together a 4.91 ERA with an average of 2.18 baserunners allowed per inning.

One of the main guys the Cardinals got back in the deal, starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, is back in business after an apparent hamstring injury that cut his most recent start short. Jackson said the injury was a cramp not a pull and that he expects to be able to start this weekend. Jackson is 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA in four starts for St. Louis. He's given up 35 hits in 25 1/3 innings.

While it's not really news, I thought this would be a good time to take a peak what The Next Mickey Mantle has been doing recently.

Rasmus is batting .222 for the Blue Jays with one home run in 63 at bats with two walks and 14 strikeouts. How the Cardinals will ever live without that sort of production is beyond me, he said sarcastically.

Lefty hurler Mark Rzepczynski, meanwhile, has a 1.42 in 6 1/3 innings of relief for the Cardinals. He's allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two.

Octavio Dotel is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA while outfielder Corey Patterson is hitting .182 in limited duty.