With the Cardinals’ history in the diagnosis of arm issues and the current state of their roster, Lance Lynn being placed on the 15 day DL by the Cardinals is extremely concerning. The official diagnosis was a forearm strain after having experienced some discomfort in his last couple starts. He had left the team and returned to St. Louis to undergo an MRI to help diagnose the issue.
In Lynn’s place, the Cardinals have recalled Tyler Lyons who will likely make both starts that Lynn will miss. Lyons was part of the bridge from Adam Wainwright to Jaime Garcia, making three starts for the Cardinals and somehow escaping any decisions with a 5.54 ERA over 13 innings. Since being demoted back to Memphis though, Lyons has pitched well going 3-1 over 4 starts with a 2.36 ERA in 26.2 innings.
In 12 starts this season, Lynn is 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA. He’d been enjoying a string of success while leaning heavily on his fastball. Last season, Lynn was the rock of the rotation as Wainwright and John Lackey dealt with bouts of dead arm and he was expected to anchor the rotation following Wainwright’s injury this year.
But by all accounts, the Cardinals being willing to park Lynn on the sidelines for 15 days raises concern. He will be eligible to come off the DL on June 23rd so that will probably be two starts that he will miss for the Cardinals. I believe his next turn in the rotation is June 25th against the Miami Marlins.
The good news is that John Mozeliak says that they are resting him purely for precautionary reasons and that he could probably have pitched through it. Lynn himself has said that he’s had this issue before and pitched through it.
I hope they’re right. It does make sense to take care of Lynn while you can right now while you have some breathing room in the standings, but it is a concerning situation. Especially as he becomes the tenth player to spend time on the Major League DL for the Cardinals this season.
You have to wonder how many hits the Cardinals can take. I don’t think it’s many more.