The September call-ups have begun as the St. Louis Cardinals added five to the roster today.
With five players being added to the active roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cardinals will have 31 players available on the roster.
Left-handed pitchers Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons and catcher Tony Cruz were recalled from the minor leagues. Jason Motte was activated from the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from a lower back strain.
Lyons struck out a career high eight batters over 4.2 innings in Game 1 of Saturday’s double-header against the Chicago Cubs. The strikeouts were the most by a Cardinals reliever since 1978.
Gonzales picked up his first Major League win in the second game. He allowed one run in six innings.
In sixteen games this season, Greenwood has a pair of wins and eleven games with multiple innings worked.
Cruz played in 43 games this season. With Yadier Molina’s injury, Cruz has caught a career-high 33 games this season with 299 innings behind the plate.
Motte went on the disabled list a month ago. In a rehab appearance on Sunday, he pitched a scoreless inning with Springfield (AA). Motte is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 24 games this season.