May 19, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT
With Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, the Cardinals have promoted 25-year-old lefty Tyler Lyons to take his spot in the rotation. Lyons had a 4.47 ERA with 38 strikeouts and nine walks in 46.1 innings with Triple-A Memphis.
Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch and Chad Thornburg:
The Cardinals’ decision to tab Lyons as Garcia’s replacement was based upon a variety of factors. The timing was ideal given that Lyons’ next scheduled start for Memphis was to be on Wednesday. Also, the Cardinals did not feel that any of the pitchers in their bullpen with extensive starting experience — Carlos Martinez, Seth Maness and Joe Kelly — would have the arm strength necessary to pitch deep into a game this soon.
Lyons, selected by the Cardinals in the ninth round of the 2010 draft, is slated to start the series finale against the Padres on Wednesday.
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