On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals optioned left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Lyons to Triple-A Memphis. On Friday night, Lyons was knocked out in the second inning of his start against Texas.
In his initial stint in the major leagues, which began on May 22, Lyons was 2-3 with a 5.51 ERA in six starts. However, after winning his first two career starts, Lyons is 0-3 with an 8.19 ERA in his four most recent outings.
The Cardinals have not announced who will assume Lyons' rotation spot, but top candidates could include Joe Kelly and Memphis starters Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha.
In the corresponding transaction, the Cardinals recalled reliever Michael Blazek from Memphis.
Became a Cardinal
Selected in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Signing announced July 25, 2010 for a reported $40,000.
He moved into Palm Beach’s rotation in late June after 21 relief appearances. In his 12 starts, Lyons had a 7-2 record with a 4.41 ERA. He fanned 57 and walked 18 in 65 1/3 innings. Lyons moved on to starting in the Arizona Fall League in October and November.
After signing in July and reporting to short-season Batavia, the left-hander was diagnosed with tendinitis in his pitching elbow and was shut down for the remainder of the summer.
Lyons struggled with consistency in 2009 and 10 while excelling during the summer. With Team USA in 2008, he did not allow a run working out of the bullpen. On the Cape in 2009, he posted a 1.77 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.
In spring 2010, he posted a record of 3-6 with a 6.06 ERA while striking out 80 and walking 18. The southpaw pitches in the high 80’s with a solid curveball that he struggled commanding. Due to these struggles, Lyons found a new feel for his changeup that has made it a valuable secondary pitch.
Lyons was previously selected in the 10th round of the 2009 draft by the New York Yankees.
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