ROUND ROCK -- Brandon Dickson threw one-third of an inning of scoreless relief in this year's Triple-A All-Star Game, marking his third Minor League midseason classic appearance."The first [Pacific Coast League All-Star Game] it rained the whole time," Dickson said. "This time I actually got to experience being there and enjoy the atmosphere." Dickson, who is 4-8 with a 3.58 ERA with Triple-A Memphis, replaced teammate Barret Browning on the PCL roster after Browning was called up to the big league club June 30. Signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2006, Dickson has thrown two scoreless innings in his three All-Star game appearances. He says being passed up in the First-Year Player Draft six years ago once served as motivation for him but not anymore. "I wanted to prove that I'm just as good and can do what these guys can do, just without the big signing bonus," Dickson said. "Now, I feel like that's all in the past. I don't feel like that's the case anymore. I feel like they know what I bring to the table. It's a completely different scenario now that I've got a couple years in the system and these guys know what I have." Dickson spent two weeks with the Cardinals in May, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings over two outings. It was his first big league appearance since 2011, when he posted a 3.24 ERA, seven strikeouts and three walks in 8 1/3 innings. In his seven starts since being optioned back to Triple-A Memphis, he is 2-4 with a 3.76 ERA. "It's hard to look at wins and losses when your team hasn't been playing all that great," Dickson said. "I feel like, for the most part, the team's had a chance when I came out of the ballgame. I want to go deep in the game and give my guys a chance. I feel like, despite the losing record, I've given them that opportunity."
Adams expected to play for Redbirds on Monday
ROUND ROCK -- Triple-A Memphis first baseman Matt Adams, who has missed the last two weeks with a bone spur in his right elbow, should return to the Redbirds lineup on Monday.Adams, who is hitting .353 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 36 RBIs, has not played since June 30. He has been throwing for over a week and began swinging a bat Thursday. Adams had his arm examined by a physician on July 4, and it was determined that he could play without doing any further damage to his elbow. Adams said any plans to deal with his injury would not take place until after this season is over. "I'm just going to play through it and we'll take care of it in the offseason," Adams said. "I'm so ready to get back out there and play again. I hate missing games with injuries. But I'm excited to get out there and be with my teammates again." Adams, the Cardinals' No. 8 prospect according to MLB.com, has been on the seven-day disabled list since July 3. After hitting .300 with 32 home runs and 101 RBIs in 115 games last season with Double-A Springfield, Adams was named Texas League Most Valuable Player. When Lance Berkman went on the DL with a knee injury this year, Adams was called up on May 20 and hit .244 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 27 games. "I felt good," Adams said. "I feel like I had a great approach and took it out there every game. I executed the approach and we'll see how the second half goes. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep it up."
Gaub trying to stick with Cardinals
ROUND ROCK -- It's been a crazy year for John Gaub.The 27-year-old southpaw began the season in Spring Training with the Cubs before being claimed off waivers by the Rays in April. He made 16 appearances with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham, N.C., before being claimed off waivers again, this time by the Rangers on May 24. He did not give up a run in five outings for Triple-A Round Rock, striking out four and walking two in 4 2/3 innings. "Do I miss it? Yeah, I miss it," Gaub said of his time with the Rangers' Triple-A squad. "Round Rock is one of, if not the best, places to play." But he barely spent two weeks in the Rangers' farm system before being claimed off waivers for the third time in as many months. The Cardinals picked him up on June 9. "Needless to say, I haven't signed a lease for any sort of housing," Gaub said. "I've been renting cars everywhere I go to get around, which is kind of tough, but it's been a different year. It's going by fast. I'm just trying to stick around somewhere and pitch in the big leagues." Gaub, who has gone 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 games with Triple-A Memphis, had his only big league experience last year with the Cubs. In four appearances, he gave up two runs in 2 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two. Now, he's working for an opportunity to earn a spot on the big league roster of another National League Central team. "St. Louis is a great city. It would be a golden opportunity to be able to pitch for the Cardinals," Gaub said. "I know I'm needed here for the left-handed relief pitching. Hopefully, I can throw well for a long enough period of time to get an opportunity in the big leagues. We'll see. Who knows what could happen?"
Christian Corona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.