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Tyler Lyons will take Joe Kelly’s rotation spot

Apr 20, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

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The Cardinals have decided on a fill-in for starting pitcher Joe Kelly, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday afternoon with a strained left hamstring that he suffered Wednesday at Miller Park in Milwaukee while trying to beat out a groundball.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it’ll be 26-year-old left-hander Tyler Lyons, and he will make his first start Monday evening in the Cards’ series-opener versus the Mets at Citi Field.

Lyons will likely remain in the St. Louis rotation for two turns, assuming Kelly’s hamstring strain isn’t too severe. Carlos Martinez — who nearly won the fifth starter spot over Kelly this spring — will remain in a setup role for now.

Lyons threw seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis. He had a 4.75 ERA, 1.226 WHIP, and 43/16 K/BB ratio in 53 innings last season as an emergency starter and long reliever for the Cardinals.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    According to the Cards TV broadcast, Kelly had a pain free long toss session today so it may be just 2 starts (as noted above) if things continue to progress.

    • fearlessleader - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      If Lyons does well as a fill-in, perhaps he can stay and Maness can go back to Memphis to remember how to locate his sinker. Shaky bullpen + lousy defense + regression to (and beyond) the mean with RISP = I think I’ll be watching a lot of hockey this week.

      • gibbyfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Of course can’t worry too much with 90% of the season left but can’t help but notice that as you say defense has looked shaky…even PB ncenter so far…..watched the game today and I think there might have been a little home town scoring with balls hit right through carpenter and DD…….that combines with all the walks hard to watch.

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        I suspect the Maness will see Memphis sooner than later, the bullpen will get a makeover upon Motte’s return regardless.

        It’s been an odd start to the season, you hit the nail(s) on the head above for sure.

        I’ll see your “Shaky bullpen + lousy defense + regression to (and beyond) the mean with RISP” and raise you a lack of home run production and Mo not providing Matheny with a trustable roster 1-25.

        Roster depth was a perceived strength going in, not so thus far.

      • fearlessleader - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Yes, the two “hits” that went right through Descalso and Carpenter were ludicrous on multiple levels, weren’t they?

        Here’s hoping Tyler Lyons and a weary bullpen can right the ship!

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Indeed they were.

        Hell, Carpenter’s play over the last few days has made Freese look “rangy”.

        They were dead set on improving defense and they did for the most part.

        That said, improving from “horrific” last year to “just really bad” this year wasn’t exactly a giant leap.

        They literally roll out minus defenders at every position less catcher (and CF when Bourjos plays) on a daily basis.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        No doubt Carpenter has been awful defensively lately. It is one thing to boot a ball, another to play Toreador. Descalso has been pretty good until Sunday, but he too wiffed on a double play grounder that should have been considered an error, but made up for it later with a dandy play.

        Carpenter worries me. It isn’t just his defense. His strikeout rate is soaring. Granted he coaxes walks, but we aren’t seeing the 52 doubles dude of 2013. Makes me wonder if he has some off field issues that is distracting him. It certainly is out of character.

        PL’s favorite Lyons gets the call today. Here’s to hoping he can redeem himself after a poor Spring, and summon the guy who made his debut in 2013.

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