In recalling Lyons, it fills two moves for the Cardinals. One, he takes the slot in the Cardinals rotation that was opened by placing Joe Kelly on the DL last week. Two, it gives the Cardinals a left-handed pitcher in the rotation. Obviously, this is temporary as Kelly is expected back as soon as he’s healthy enough to pitch.
Lyons impressed Cardinals manager Mike Matheny last season before he was shut down due to injury. Lyons would have made his next Memphis start on Monday so the move works out for him, too. In his last outing with Memphis, Lyons pitched seven innings where he allowed one run on five hits while striking out six batters.
In eight starts last year, Lyons was 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA. It should be noted that he only allowed two runs in his first two starts (14 innings pitched).
The Cardinals may have found a way to conserve Yadier Molina this season. On Saturday, it was the second Lance Lynn start that featured Tony Cruz behind the plate. It’s not unusual for a pitcher to have their own personal catcher. Whether this is permanent remains to be seen but the Cardinals have twenty games in twenty days.
While in town toplay the Washington Nationals, Matheny took some time out of his schedule to address the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State for roughly an hour.
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