Lance Lynn, the St. Louis Cardinals most consistent rotation staple for the last few seasons has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. The move is retroactive to June 8th, meaning that Lynn is eligible to return as soon as June 23rd.
The issue originally came up during Lynn’s start against the Dodgers Sunday. Lynn was at 98 pitches and through five innings before being pulled. After the game he said he had been dealing with similar discomfort all season and that his removal from the game was simply precautionary. On Wednesday Lynn was sent back to St. Louis to undergo further tests on his arm, but was not expected to miss his Saturday start. The test results told a different story, and Lynn will now miss the next 15 days at the least.
The Cardinals have already been hit hard by the injury plague, having already lost Matt Adams, Matt Holliday, and most notably Adam Wainwright. Now they will lose their impromptu #1 starter and Tyler Lyons will be called upon for the spot start, although Marco Gonzales may become an option if this becomes a long-term issue.
The Cardinals currently hold the best record in the MLB despite their injuries, and will look to Michael Wacha (8-2, 2.45 ERA) to be their staff leader during Lynn’s stint on the disabled list.
The righty had been carrying a 4-4 record and 3.07 ERA prior to his placement on the disabled list.
The Cardinals start the second installment of their I-70 rivalry against the Royals tonight in St. Louis.