Tyley Lyons (© Patrick Gorski / USA TODAY Sports Images)

St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons has a strained intercostal muscle, which has driven him to the disabled list.

St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons has a strained intercostal muscle, which has driven him to the disabled list. Sam Tuivailala replaces him from Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis Cardinals press release


The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Tuesday), prior to tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, that they have placed left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons (right intercostal strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala from Memphis (AAA).


Lyons, who began the season on the disabled list while recovering from right knee surgery, had appeared in two games since joining the active roster on April 20.   He worked 3.0 innings, going 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA, including a scoreless 7th inning in last night’s game.


Tuivailala, who started the season with St. Louis, was recalled as the team’s 26th man for last Thursday’s day-night double-header, but did not appear in the final game of the twin bill and was returned to Memphis following the game.  Tuivailala, 24, was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three games (3.0 IP) for the Cardinals earlier this season.   At Memphis, he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one save in eight games, striking out eight batters while allowing just four hits and one walk.

Tuivailala wears uniform no. 64.


Brian Walton’s take

Lyons can’t seem to catch a break. He returned from his Memphis rehab stretched out to start in a normal routine, but his St. Louis usage pattern was irregular to say the least. The 29-year-old did not pitch in game action for nine days, finally throwing two innings on April 27 and another on May 1. 

Tuivailala knows the way, but can’t seem to make it stick. By my count, this is his 12th career promotion to St. Louis.

By the way, the Triple-A Redbirds now need a replacement pitcher. As I am typing this, I just came in from the backfields of Jupiter where Marco Gonzales pitched today. He and Luke Weaver (even more likely to be first) are definitely candidates to come off the Memphis disabled list. Members of The Cardinal Nation should be sure to check out my exclusive Extended Spring Training Report coming later in the day on Tuesday.


The Redbirds indeed activated Weaver, in time to start Tuesday's game over previously-scheduled Josh Zeid.


The right-hander returns to the Redbirds rotation after missing the last 22 games with a back injury. Weaver made the Opening Day start for Memphis, but left after two scoreless innings. Tuesday night is just his third career Triple-A start.

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