Cards Transaction Roundup: Monday, August 4

The St. Louis Cardinals made a series of roster changes across their system on Monday, August 4 and Tyler Lyons took a pitching award.

Lyons Top PCL Arm

Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Tyler Lyons cannot crack St. Louis’ rotation, but he has been dominating Triple-A. The left-hander has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week for July 26 – August 3.

This past week, the 26-year-old went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA (just one earned run in 16 innings), 11 strikeouts and no walks over a pair of complete games on the road at Omaha and Round Rock.

With St. Louis, Lyons went 0-3 with a 5.46 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 28 innings over seven games, including four starts. Since being optioned to Memphis on July 11, he is 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 22 strikeouts, and just one walk in four starts covering 28 innings.

Overall for Memphis this season, Lyons has tossed five quality starts in 11 outings, going 6-1 with a 3.55 ERA. He has struck out a 57 batters against only 14 walks in 63 1/3 innings.

Helisek Hits Reset

Three days ago, the Cardinals placed lefty Kyle Helisek on the temporarily inactive list at Palm Beach. On Monday, the left-hander was dropped down to Peoria, where he will start Monday night. Helisek is taking the rotation spot of Alex Reyes, who is being skipped this time through for rest.

Before his season soured, Helisek was a Florida State League All-Star, but in his most recent six starts, he was hammered for an aggregate 7.24 ERA. Overall, the 24-year-old had a 3.80 ERA, 56 strikeouts and 34 walks over his 18 starts for Palm Beach.

The Cards’ 30th-round pick in 2012 spent all of 2013 with the Chiefs, making 23 starts and logging a 3.13 ERA, seventh-best in the Midwest League.

Lucas Loses Out Again

Josh Lucas is on the move again, and again, it is in the wrong direction. The Cardinals have transferred the 23-year-old right-hander from Peoria to State College.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder was promoted from extended spring training to Palm Beach on May 17. Lucas was dropped to State College at the start of June, then promoted to Peoria on July 9.

In eight appearances for Peoria, Lucas logged a 6.23 ERA, including three home runs. Midwest League hitters batted .359 against him. Prior to that, he was very effective with the Spikes, recording a 0.79 ERA and going 5-for-5 in save opportunities in nine appearances. With State College’s pen having blown three straight games, perhaps Lucas can help stop the slide.

Wiley is Back

The Cardinals reinstated infielder Brett Wiley from the Suspended List and assigned the 22-year-old to State College.

Last September, Wiley had been suspended for 50 games after also testing positive for an amphetamine. The Spikes played their 50th game on Sunday.

After starting 2013 with Class-A Peoria, the middle infielder had spent most of last summer in the New York-Penn League, where the left-handed hitter batted .337 with 18 RBI in 25 games.

Though he did not participate in spring training or extended spring training, Wiley rejoined the Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida this summer to work back into playing shape.

McKinney Loses Momentum

Recently, left-hander Ian McKinney was promoted back to State College after a strong showing at Johnson City. For the Spikes upon his return, he had one rough start, allowing six runs in 6 2/3 innings on July 29. On Monday, the 19-year-old was placed on seven-day disabled list retroactive to August 1 with "arm soreness."

McKinney had been slated to start for the Spikes on Monday night, with reliever Jeff Rauh getting the ball instead.

Scanio Sidelined

The Spikes placed right-handed reliever Joe Scanio on the Temporarily Inactive List retroactive to August 3.

On July 9, the 24-year-old had been sent down from Peoria to State College. Since his arrival in the New York-Penn League, Scanio threw 11 1/3 innings over nine games. He allowed nine runs for a 7.15 ERA with seven of the runs coming in his most recent three outings.

More News on the Way

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