The September call-ups have begun as the St. Louis Cardinals added five to the roster today.
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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.