Cardinals Add Greg Garcia, Option Tyler Lyons

The St. Louis Cardinals brought up infielder Greg Garcia from Triple-A, sending down LHP Tyler Lyons.

Cardinals Press Release

The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Memphis (AAA) today. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons was optioned to Memphis following Saturday night’s game at San Diego.

Garcia, 25, was batting .294 with 36 RBI through 94 games for Memphis, playing primarily at shortstop with starts at third base and second base. He ranked 20th in the Pacific Coast League in batting (.294), 4th in on-base percentage (.401) and T18th in walks (48). Garcia was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for May after batting .361 during the month. He is making his third appearance of 2015 with St. Louis and batted .350 (7-20) in 16 games in his previous games with the Cards.

Lyons, 27, had been with St. Louis since a recall on Aug. 7, his fourth time with the Big League club. During his most recent stint he made three relief appearances totaling 7.2 innings, including a scoreless 5.1 innings of relief vs. PIT (8/13).

Brian Walton’s take

After two lackluster offensive performances in San Diego, the Cardinals are choosing to add more offense in one of their better Triple-A hitters in Garcia. It is possible he could see a few starts at second base in relief of struggling Kolten Wong as well as serve as a bat off the bench.

Lyons pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to close out Saturday night’s blowout loss in San Diego. That lowered his season ERA with St. Louis to 3.96. The lefty is likely to return to the Triple-A Memphis rotation, where he has averaged 15 starts per season over the last four years.

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