The St. Louis Cardinals recalled Tyler Lyons from the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) prior to Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
To make room for the left-handed pitcher, infielder Greg Garcia was optioned to the Springfield Cardinals (AA).
This will be the 26-year-old’s third stint with the Cardinals during the 2014 campaign. With the Cardinals, Lyons has posted a 0-3 record with a 5.46 ERA in seven games (four starts) this year. In 14 starts with Memphis, Lyons has posted a 8-2 mark with a 4.43 ERA. This includes a six game winning streak from July 18 through August 14.
In 81.1 innings pitched, Lyons has walked 18 and struck out 75 batters. Lyons’ most recent start with Memphis was on August 19th, where the left-hander pitched six innings.
Garcia has appeared in only nine games this year. In 12 at-bats for the Cardinals, Garcia has collected two hits. This recent recall saw Garcia see only two at-bats.
Lyons being recalled is more so because of necessity to have a long reliever on hand, if needed, to come out of the bullpen. Nick Greenwood pitched over three innings on Sunday after Justin Masterson departed from the game after three innings.
With Garcia being sent to Springfield, the Cardinals are going to be working with a short bench of only four players and eight pitchers in the bullpen.