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Joe Kelly leaves start with hamstring injury

Apr 16, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly left today’s start against the Brewers after tweaking his hamstring trying to beat out an infield single in the sixth inning.

With his next turn in the rotation in question the Cardinals may have to dip into their impressive pitching depth for a fill-in starter. Carlos Martinez could be shifted from the bullpen, although his arm strength isn’t built up yet and the Cardinals presumably wouldn’t want to disrupt his relief role so quickly after deciding not to use him as a starter.

Left-hander Tyler Lyons is waiting in the wings at Triple-A and actually started today as well, so he’d be on the same schedule as Kelly if needed. Lyons had a 4.75 ERA with nice secondary numbers in 53 innings for the Cardinals last season as a 25-year-old rookie and pitched well at Triple-A too.

Delving even deeper into the minors is another possibility, because the Cardinals have plenty of intriguing young starters at Double-A and Triple-A, but if they feel like Kelly’s injury won’t require more than 1-2 missed starts Lyons would seemingly be the easy pick.

  1. ereed1286 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    too much dancing

  2. beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    man that was a good game vs the pirates today.. lol jk. (brewers)

  3. junglerat524 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Cueto dominated the Brewers today.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      where was Braun?

  4. okwhitefalcon - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Kelly’s headed back to STL per Matheny.

    Sounds like Lyons will get the call for Sunday and possibly beyond that, Matheny said they’re comfortable with Martinez’s role – for now.

    Subject to change of course…

    • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Kelly was smart about the injury. He immediately stopped and called for assistance. And from my experience with hammies, his reaction would lead one to believe it isn’t of a more serious nature. DL for sure, but probably back after 15 days. Too bad for him, and his 0.79 ERA, and he only gave up 1 through five today.

      • fearlessleader - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        And it was unearned, right? Kelly’s looked sharp so far; I really hope this is nothing serious. The Cards have the depth to fill in the rotation, but the middle relief situation is pretty grim.

      • spudchukar - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Correcto. Maness hasn’t been able to replicate his 2013 magic, and Butler isn’t a Big League pitcher in my estimation. Besides, they were stop gaps until Motte is healthy.

        We will see about Lyons. Another guy whose debut in 2013 might have been smoke and mirrors. He sucked in ST, and hasn’t been stellar in Memphis. I am conflicted about his talent. Had Cooney been more effective in the Spring he might have leap-frogged others, a while his numbers indicate he is living up to his rep, Lyons gets the call due to his early success in 2013, and the pecking order.

    • paperlions - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      ….and that “comfortableness” is the problem. They’ll always be comfortable in any role he has because he’s freaking awesome.

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