It’s a familiar story. Player gets hurt. Player and team assure everyone it’s a minor injury. Player is placed on the disabled list with a not-minor injury.
This time it’s Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, who’s been put on the shelf with a strained forearm after experiencing discomfort in his last start. Left-hander and Triple-A call-up Tyler Lyons will join the rotation.
St. Louis is already without ace Adam Wainwright for the season and losing Lynn for a long stretch would be a big blow as well. He has a 2.83 ERA in 45 starts since the beginning of last season. At some point the Cardinals’ winning machine has to stop rolling because of injuries piling up, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet.
Lance Lynn and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny both downplayed the seriousness of his forearm soreness following Sunday’s game, but the right-hander has traveled back to St. Louis to undergo an MRI exam.
General manager John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the team won’t address Lynn’s status until Friday and gave no indication whether he’s expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday.
St. Louis has the best record in baseball despite losing ace Adam Wainwright for the season, in part because Lynn has stepped up to become one of the best starters in the league with a 2.83 ERA in 45 starts dating back to last year.
Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn threw fewer than 100 pitches Sunday for the first time since April 15, exiting his start against the Dodgers after five innings in part due to forearm tightness.
Lynn and Mike Matheny both downplayed the injury after the game, saying he could have remained in if needed, with the manager telling Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com:
One of those, “Let’s go ahead and be smart here.” Everything is pointing that it’s OK, not that big of a deal. But at 100 pitches, he’s about out of the game anyway.
Dodgers hitters fouled off a ton of pitches and Lynn had several very long innings, sticking with almost exclusively fastballs. For now it sounds like the Cardinals expect Lynn to make his next scheduled start.
Lynn has a 3.07 ERA and 77/23 K/BB ratio in 73 innings this season and a 2.83 ERA in 45 starts dating back to last year, emerging as one of the best pitchers in the league.