St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Wednesday) that they have placed left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons (right knee stress reaction) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 31, and recalled left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekheferr from Memphis (AAA).
Lyons, who last pitched on Saturday, July 30 at Miami, is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 games this season, including five appearances during which he has worked 3.0 or more innings.
Kiekhefer, who had been optioned to Memphis prior to last night’s game, has made a total of 14 appearances for the Cardinals, going 0-0 with a 4.85 ERA in 13.0 innings pitched. He’s been unscored upon in each of his last six appearances dating to June 3.
The 27-year-old Kiekhefer has posted a 4-1 mark with a 2.00 ERA in 23 relief appearances for Memphis this season. He wears uniform no. 60.
Brian Walton’s take
The timing is oddly unfortunate. The Cardinals apparently did not discover the injury to Lyons until after Kiekhefer had already been returned to Memphis earlier in the day Tuesday. As a result, St. Louis was short one reliever in a crucial loss at Cincinnati Tuesday night, during which they burned through six pitchers.
Though players are normally required to remain in the minors for at least 10 days following being optioned out, an exception can be made in case of injury. Such was the case here, allowing Kiekhefer’s rapid return.
The loss of Lyons, whose main role seemed to be as a long reliever, may have also helped keep Jerome Williams on the roster longer. Currently, the Cardinals are carrying eight relievers and just four position players on the bench – though that could shift back to a more normal balance with Matt Carpenter’s expected return from the disabled list later in the week.
With Kiekhefer, Memphis was going to be one player over its 25-man limit, so the Redbirds do not have to make another move. However, that will have to change based on the timing of the yet-to-be-announced addition of top prospect Luke Weaver from Springfield.
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