The Cardinals have announced changes to their pitching staff for tonight's game against the Cubs. Lefty Sam Freeman and righty Jorge Rondon have been promoted from Triple A Memphis.
In corresponding moves, the team placed starter Tyler Lyons on the 15-day DL and optioned righty Eric Fornataro to Memphis.
Freeman will make his first trip to St. Louis this season, after seeing time with the big league club the past 2 years. He's sporting a 3.78 ERA in 16.2 innings for the Redbirds; he's 1-2 with 4.18 ERA for his short Major League career. Freeman was drafted by the Cardinals in the 32nd round of the 2008 draft.
Rondon was promoted earlier in the season, but did not pitch for the Cardinals; he will make his MLB debut once he gets into a game. He has a 2.51 ERA across 14.1 innings for Memphis. Rondon was signed by the Cardinals out of Venezuela in 2006 and spent his full career in the system.
Lyons was roughed up for 9 runs over 4 innings Monday night against the Cubs; he had let up 7 across his previous 3 starts (and 1 in relief). The starter have previous only received 2 runs of support over those starts; the team scored 5 Monday night. Lyons experienced shoulder discomfort after the game; he's officially been diagnosed with a left shoulder strain.
Fornataro pitched in 7 games, allowing 4 earned runs off 8 hits and a walk; he struck out 2. His 4.70 ERA was not supported by his 3.36 FIP, but his peripherals were poor as well (2.3 K/9, 9.4 H/9).