- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BALTIMORE (AP) - Struggling reliever Ryan Franklin has been given his unconditional release by the St. Louis Cardinals, who ran out of patience waiting for the right-hander to return to the form he displayed last year.

Franklin was 1-4 with an 8.46 ERA and one save in 16 games. On Tuesday night against Baltimore, he gave up two runs and three hits, including a homer, while getting only one out.

His inability to be effective, even in a mopup role, led to his release on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old Franklin was with the Cardinals since 2007, going 20-15 with a 3.04 ERA. Last season he was 6-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 27 saves. He had 38 saves in 2009 and was on the NL All-Star team.

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