Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lyons Goes Back on Disabled List

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lyons Goes Back on Disabled List

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Tyler Lyons, just 11 days removed from the disabled list, said he felt something in his back on the fourth or fifth throw he made in the bullpen Monday night, preparatory to his entering the game in the seventh inning.

"I just felt a little tug on the back right side of my back," said the lefthander, who continued on to pitch one scoreless inning before saying something about it.

"It never got worse," said Lyons. "It just really didn't get any better. I was hoping it would loosen up."

Manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday he wished Lyons had said something to him about it before his appearance instead of after it. "I had no idea until after the inning was over," said Matheny.

But the result is that Lyons, who had just pitched only twice for the Cardinals since last July 30 because of a knee condition that ultimately forced offseason surgery, is back on the DL.

He will be out at least 10 days with a right ribcage muscle strain, and righthander Sam Tuivailala was brought up for the second time this season from Class AAA Memphis, where he hadn't allowed an earned run in eight innings of work.

Lyons said he thought it would be "a very short time. It feels a little better today and I don't expect it to be something that lingers for any extended period of time," Lyons said.

Lyons said he hadn't ever experienced this sort of injury. "It was a super random (thing). It wasn't like I was dealing with a tight back or anything like that. I threw one ball and it kind of grabbed. So, yeah, it's frustrating," he said.

"But I don't think there's anything to be concerned with, other than the frustrating short term, based on how it feels today compared to last night." "

Matheny said Tuivailala, Miguel Socolovich and possibly Jonathan Broxton could serve as multi-inning relievers.


Since he got three hits in three at-bats in a rare start last Thursday, Matt Adams has had a two hits and a sacrifice fly in three pinch-hitting appearances since then, fortifying his niche as one of the top pinch hitters in Cardinals history and in the last 40-plus years in the majors.

Adams is four for 10 off the bench this year and 37 for 110 (. …

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