The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled LHP Tyler Lyons from Memphis and optioned infielder Greg Garcia to Double A Springfield. The move may be for a rotation shuffle.
Lyons is rejoining the club for the 3rd time this year; he's 0-3 with a 5.46 ERA in seven appearances. At Memphis, he's 8-2 wiht a 4.43 ERA in fourteen starts. He's struck out 75 in 81.1 innings while only walking 18 at Triple A.
Garcia's second stint with the Cardinals was as uneventful as the first; he's now 2 for 12 in limited duty. He'll temporarily move to Springfield until rosters expand on September 1st.
The moves comes a day after recently acquired starter Justin Masterson failed to make it past the 3rd inning in a 7-1 loss to the Phillies. In 5 starts since he was acquired from the Cleveland Indians, Masterson is 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA. He's struckout 17 against 10 walks in 23.0 innings. The righty was expected to do more when the team acquired him; Masterson was coming off a knee injury that caused the pitcher to alter his mechanics. The knee could still be an issue, but the team needs to do something to get this issue fixed.
Masterson could be demoted to the bullpen with these rough numbers, and Lyons could be the short term solution; Lyons started earlier in the season for the team and has been starting for Memphis. Michael Wacha, who is expected to start a rehab assignment in the next few weeks, would be the permanent replacement if he's able to pitch again this year.
The Cardinals acquired Masterson on July 30th for outfield prospect James Ramsey; Ramsey has been playing at Triple A for the Indians. Masterson will be a free agent at the end of the season and the Cardinals are not expected to make a qualifying offer to the righty.