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Cardinals recall Tyler Lyons

Tyler Lyons returns to the Cardinals.
Tyler Lyons returns to the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have announced they recalled LHP Tyler Lyons from Memphis (AAA); in a corresponding move, the team will send struggling LHP Marco Gonzales to Memphis.

Lyons made his season debut with the Cardinals on April 21 where he went 0-3 with a 6.12 ERA before he was sidelined with a left shoulder strain; his first 4 starts were good, but his final one was a disaster that caused the strain. After a stint on the DL and 2 minor league rehab starts, he was optioned to Memphis for an additional 3 starts. The pitcher will need better run support; in his 4 starts, the team only scored 7 runs (1.75 runs per start)

Gonzales struggled in 3 starts with the big league club, posting a 0-2 record with a 7.07 ERA in 14 innings. Gonzales was the first round pick of the team in 2013 and quickly made his way to the majors; it was obvious he was rushed, but he was probably the best option for the team after Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia were placed on the DL with shoulder issues. After his 3 appearances, it was obvious that the lefty was not ready for the majors; it was rumored that he had no faith in pitches other than his fastball and once he tired out, he would leave his pitches over the plate.

Gonzales only lasted 4.2 innings in his last start, throwing 109 pitches; he's averaged 4.2 innings per start.

This will be Gonzales first stint in Triple A; he pitched in Hi A (Palm Beach) and AA (Springfield) before reaching the Majors.

Lyons will take over Gonzales rotation spot.