Lyons ready again
The Peoria Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals announced that St. Louis pitcher Tyler Lyons will make his first rehab start on Wednesday for Peoria. The left-hander was placed on the disabled list May 2 with a right intercostal strain.
Lyons began the season on St. Louis’ disabled list while recovering from right knee surgery last fall. He was sent on a rehab stint to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds that began on April 6 and lasted until April 17 and included three starts in which he posted a 1.29 ERA. With the Cardinals, the 29-year old pitched sparingly, allowing one run in three innings over two appearances between April 17 and May 1.
It is unclear how many outings Lyons will require before joining St. Louis. MLB rehabbers do not require roster space so the Chiefs will not need to make any other moves to accommodate Lyons.
Harris is done
Memphis reliever Mitch Harris said his goodbyes via an Instrgram post on Tuesday morning.
The 31-year old had been rehabbing in Jupiter, Florida after going back onto the Redbirds’ disabled list on April 19. The former U.S. Navy officer had been activated on the 13th and allowed two earned runs over two innings (two games) in the Pacific Coast League. The right-hander missed all of 2016 while covering from "elbow ligament repair surgery."
Harris appeared in 26 games for St. Louis in 2015, with a 3.67 ERA and 15 strikeouts against 13 walks in 27 innings. The Cardinals removed him from the 40-man roster last winter. He was originally St. Louis’ 13th-round draft pick in 2008, but did not begin play until 2012 following his active duty stint.
Memphis starting pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon was struck in the head by a batted ball with no outs in the second inning in his club’s Tuesday afternoon contest against the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines. According to the team, Poncedeleon was alert and waved to the crowd as he was carted off the field.
In what essentially became a bullpen game, the Redbirds went on to lose, 3-1, breaking their record 11-game winning streak.
Promoted to Memphis on April 10, Poncedeleon had been the Triple-A club’s most consistent and effective starter, with a 2.17 ERA through 29 innings. He has struck out 25 and walked 13. At this early stage, it is not known if the 25-year old will require a stop on the disabled list.
Update May 10: Per a report from MLB.com, Poncedeleon remains in intensive care in a Des Moines hospital after surgery to relieve pressure.
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