Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lynn Not Worried about Forearm Pain

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lynn Not Worried about Forearm Pain

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DENVER * While the team remains concerned about the cramping in his right forearm that speeded Lance Lynn's exit from Sunday's game, the righthander played down the issue, saying he's familiar with the soreness and pitched through it back when he first had the issue.

He was 18.

"I have the last 10 years. I'm still throwing 94 mph," Lynn said. "The more pitches you throw, the more you're going to have certain things that are going to come up. Everyone has some certain thing that comes up. That's kind of my thing."

Lynn received treatment throughout the afternoon Monday at Coors Field, and he will have another series of exams Tuesday before the team determines his between-start work. Lynn used a machine that uses an electrostatic field to treat swelling and alleviate pain deep within the arm. He said the soreness had started to relent in his forearm less than 24 hours after throwing the final pitch of his start Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.

Manager Mike Matheny said as he walked out to the mound to ask Lynn about a change in his demeanor, he was told about how Lynn has pitched with and through the cramping before.

"It's something we're going to watch," Matheny said. "Every guy is sore the day after they throw 100 pitches. He's sore and we're just going to keep an eye on it and figure out where to go from there. What they're seeing now looks good structurally. Always concerned when a guy has something flare up."

Lynn threw 98 pitches through five innings Sunday night against the Dodgers.

That tied for his shortest outing of the year, but it was the first time since April 26 that he had failed to at least complete the sixth inning. Lynn allowed two runs on six hits and walked only one, but the Dodgers worked the righthander for deep counts and forced him to compress 98 pitches into five innings. The Cardinals rallied to win the game 4-2.

Lynn said he has experienced cramping in his forearm many times before and that he would have it during college ball and as a pro. He has pitched through the discomfort before and insisted it wasn't connected to anything more sinister than throwing a series of long innings.

"It's just something that I have more times than not," Lynn said. "It was a little earlier because the pitch count got high pretty quick. It hasn't kept me from doing anything before. I could have kept pitching (Sunday), but I was already close to 100 pitches so it was a good idea to shut it down."

Lynn has thrown at least 100 pitches in nine of his 12 starts.

The Cardinals won't make a change to Lynn's between-start work until they know more Tuesday about his readiness and recovery. The plan, Matheny said, is to use Thursday's off day to get all five of the starters a rest and not reset the rotation or start a few of them on normal rest. That could change depending on the availability of the starters. …

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