With staff ace Adam Wainwright ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season following surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, 24-year-old left-hander Tim Cooney was called on to make his major league debut last Thursday against the Phillies. It did not go well — Cooney allowed three earned runs on seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings — so the Cardinals will try something different on the next turn through …
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Lyons has served as a spot starter and long reliever for the Cardinals at various points over the last two seasons. He owns an ugly 4.62 ERA in 89 2/3 career major league innings, but his 1.216 career WHIP and 7.9 career K/9 aren’t too bad-looking. If the 27-year-old pitches well Tuesday against the Cubs, he could stick around for a bit. But injured prospect Marco Gonzales (pectoral) figures to take over by the end of May.
St. Louis entered play Sunday with the lowest combined ERA (2.28) in the majors along with MLB’s best record (17-6). The Cards are trying to complete a three-game sweep of the Pirates on Sunday afternoon.