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.
Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.
Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.
Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.