Lance Lynn leaves Grapefruit League start with hip strain

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From Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that right-handed starter Lance Lynn had to make an early departure from his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Marlins due to a left hip flexor strain. Lynn was also looking at his right hand as he walked off the field with a team trainer, suggesting that he may also be dealing with a blister.

The right-hander will be reevaluated on Monday.

Hip flexor strains come with a wide range of recovery timetables, from a couple of days to several weeks.

If this turns out to be a severe strain, the Cardinals can turn to either Jaime Garcia or Marco Gonzales for some April rotation turns. That presumes Carlos Martinez is already locked into a spot.

Lynn, 27, posted an excellent 2.74 ERA with 181 strikeouts in 203 2/3 innings last season.

He signed a three-year, $22 million contract extension with the Cardinals in January.

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UPDATE, 3:15 p.m. ET: Some good news, perhaps, via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch …

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.