The Cardinals activate Lance Lynn

t was initially billed as just a 15 day disabled list trip to rest his forearm, and so it has been as the Cardinals announced today that they’ve activated Lance Lynn from the DL and optioned Tyler Lyons back to Memphis. Lynn will take the mound tonight against the Miami Marlins.

“I’m just looking forward to competing again. I’ve been out for two weeks and you never want to not be able to complete. So I’m just looking forward to getting back out there,” Lynn told MLB.com about returning to the mound. Lynn missed two starts while on the disabled list with a right forearm strain.

Coming into the 2015 season, Lynn was viewed as the team’s #2 starter behind Adam Wainwright. With Wainwright on the DL, that made Lynn the de facto ace of the team and the guy being depended on to throw a bulk of the innings. Losing him for longer than just a couple weeks would have been very costly for the Cardinals who are thin now after dealing with so many injuries this season.

Tyler Lyons was good enough in his two starts as Lynn’s replacement. He went 2-0, going 5 innings in each start, allowing five earned runs between them. It was a much better run than Lyons put together while bridging the gap from Wainwright to Jaime Garcia earlier this year.

Lyons was also good at the plate. Going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and three runs scored. His hitting performance in his last start against the Phillies is arguably the best offensive performance by a Cardinals’ pitcher this season.