BALTIMORE -- Brandon Dickson went to visit his grandfather in a Montgomery, Ala., hospital on Wednesday. He stayed the allowed 20 minutes, stepped out of the intensive care unit and almost immediately received a phone call.
Afterward, he knew he needed to go back in and see his grandfather again, and thankfully, he was given permission. Dickson hadn't just gotten any call. He'd gotten the call. He was headed to the Major Leagues for the first time.
"It was a sudden thing," said Dickson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis, and who takes the roster spot of the recently released Ryan Franklin.
Dickson was pleased to report on Thursday that his grandfather is doing quite well, and the news of his callup certainly didn't hurt.
"He can't stand to miss a game," Dickson said. "I think he was probably more happy than anybody."
Dickson, a ground-balling right-hander, impressed the Cardinals in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee this year. He got off to a bit of a slow start at Memphis but has come on well in recent weeks.
His arrival provides an extra long reliever, and it also allows St. Louis to use Lance Lynn in a different role from the one he was called up to serve. Lynn, brought in as a long man, can now pitch later in games and in shorter bursts.