JUPITER, Fla. -- Royce Ring's tenure with the Cardinals is evidently over.
Ring was in street clothes less than 10 minutes before Wednesday's game against the Astros, and most of his personal belongings had been cleaned out of his locker in the Cardinals' clubhouse following the game. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the left-hander was placed on outright waivers.
Pitching coach Dave Duncan had no comment, deferring a question about Ring's status to general manager John Mozeliak. Mozeliak and assistant general manager John Abbamondi would not confirm that any move was in the offing, but club officials are forbidden from commenting on the status of players who are on waivers.
An outright move provides three potential options. Ring could be claimed by another club. He could clear waivers and be accept an assignment to Triple-A Memphis. Or he could clear waivers and elect free agency.
Ring, 28, signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in January, and appeared to be the leading candidate for the club's second left-handed relief job. However, St. Louis signed Dennys Reyes to go along with Trever Miller after Spring Training began, spelling the impending end of Ring's time on the Cardinals' Major League roster.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.