Cardinals Bullpen ~ Loss Of LHP Tyler Lyons To Knee Surgery, 60-Day DL

News appeared this afternoon, St. Louis Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons, who spent half the 2016 season on the DL due to a right knee injury; now, is officially back on the 60-Day DL. The last he pitched was July 30, prior to injury he had pitched 48 innings in relief, holding a 3.38 ERA. He was one of manager Mike Matheny's go to lefties and long inning relief. Saturday, November 5, he had been activated from the initial 60-Day DL and counted on to be a part of the 2017 Opening Day roster. However, progress was not great. Tuesday, November 8, he underwent knee surgery. Expected timetable return - 5-6 months recovery, look to May 2017 at best. He will definitely not be a part of the Cardinals Spring training camp. Also, Lyons is out of options to be sent back down to the minors. 

After missing the second half of the 2016 season, Tyler Lyons is placed back on the 60-Day DL due to knee surgery.

All were looking forward to having Lyons back. A key reliever for the Cardinals; now, will be a bit longer before his return. 

That leaves LHP Kevin Siegrist as the lone left-hander in the bullpen contracted by the Cardinals as another lefty, Zach Duke, was placed on the 60-Day DL. He recently under went Tommy John surgery (mid-October) and will be out for the entire season next year. The Cardinals are now faced with a bullpen position to fill to join Siegrist. They do have left-hander Jaime Garcia, exercising his option for 2017, who potentially could be used should he not make the rotation this coming Spring. But, I have a feeling the Cardinals will add this to their "shopping list" this off-season.