St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced that prior to tonight’s (Thursday) game against the Milwaukee Brewers they will place infielder Jhonny Peralta (upper respiratory) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16. The Cardinals will activate left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons (right knee) from the D.L.
Lyons ended the 2016 campaign on the disabled list with a right knee stress reaction (7/31), missing the remainder of the season. He has appeared in three rehabilitation games with the team’s Triple-A club, Memphis Redbirds, this season. In his first rehab outing April 7 he allowed no runs in 3.1 IP at New Orleans, on April 12 he went 6.0 shutout innings allowing only two hits while fanning eight vs. Colorado Springs, and in his final rehab outing he gave up 2 runs in 4.2 IP vs. Oklahoma City (4/17).
Brian Walton’s take
One could see something was going to happen with Peralta, as he fell from the Opening Day cleanup hitter to the bench in two short weeks. A .120 batting average (three singles in 25 at-bats, no RBI and nine strikeouts) coupled with sluggish defense likely had a lot to do with it. (In Florida this spring, Peralta batted .261 with eight RBI in 19 games.)
The upcoming time off, with a possible minor league rehab assignment following the minimum six days remaining on the DL, will give the 34-year old more time to try to fix what ails him. It could also give the front office time to consider the potential of a future without him. In the interim, Jedd Gyorko, backed up by Greg Garcia, should man the hot corner for the Cardinals.
Peralta is in the final year of a four-year, $53 million contract signed prior to the 2014 campaign. He was pushed off his former shortstop position last season due to injury plus the emergence of Aledmys Diaz.
Lyons’ role should be interesting to watch evolve. Primarily used as a general reliever in his previous time with the Cardinals, the 29-year old has been in the Memphis rotation in 2017. If another starter is needed by St. Louis, Lyons would seem the best-positioned to call upon. In the meantime, he should be able to help a Cardinals bullpen that is ranked last in the National League and 29th of 30 MLB teams with a 6.31 ERA through 15 games.
As noted above, Lyons last pitched three days ago for the Redbirds.
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