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.