St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals today have optioned last night’s starter Marco Gonzales to Memphis (AAA) and recalled two left-handed pitchers – Tyler Lyons and Nick Greenwood – and right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich, all from Memphis. Lyons will make the start tonight against Washington at 7:15 p.m. CDT.
Lyons, 27, will be making his 7th start for St. Louis this season and appearing in his 10th game. This is the lefty’s 5th stint with the big-league club, splitting his time with Triple-A Memphis. In his most recent recall, Lyons made three scoreless appearances, including 5.1 scoreless innings on Aug. 13 vs. Pittsburgh in relief. He also had 1.0 scoreless inning vs. San Francisco (8/18) and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings at San Diego. Lyons is 2-1 with a 3.96 ERA with St. Louis, limiting opponents in each of his six starts to three runs or less. Lyons started 16 games for the Memphis Redbirds, going 9-5 with a 3.14 ERA, striking out 96 in his 94.2 IP and walking just 13. He’s limited lefties to just a .157 average. Lyons wears uniform #70.
Socolovich went 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA with St. Louis earlier this season, picking up wins in his first two relief outings with the club. He made 21 appearances (23.1 IP), 16 scoreless, and pitched a season high 2.0 innings on three occasions. In 21 relief appearances at Memphis, Socolovich had a 2-2 record with a 2.48 ERA pitching 32.2 total innings. He went nine games and 15.2 IP to begin his season at Memphis before ever allowing a run (6/8 at Iowa). This is his 3rd recall with St. Louis and he wears uniform #63.
Greenwood spent the majority of the season at triple-A where he made 21 starts and appeared in 31 games, posting a 12-6 won-loss record and 5.68 ERA. He began his season working from the bullpen and became a full-time starter for the Redbirds on May 25. Greenwood was recalled on July 11 to St. Louis and stayed with the club through July 17, making just a single appearance on July 11 at Pittsburgh. He pitched in 19 games in relief for St. Louis in 2014. Greenwood wears uniform #62.
Brian Walton’s take
Memphis has been officially eliminated from the post-season, so there is no reason to wait to make more moves.
It seems clear that if Gonzales makes his next start on Sunday, it will be for Memphis, not St. Louis. Four earned runs in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday is the likely reason why. Lyons is the next in the barrel to prove he should get a few more September starts as the Cardinals conserve innings with Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha. Socolovich and Greenwood may appear in long relief roles – maybe as soon as Wednesday unless Lyons fares better than Gonzales the night before.
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