BALTIMORE -- Lance Lynn is likely unavailable until at least Friday. But when the rookie right-hander is once again able to pitch in the Cardinals' bullpen, it's likely that he'll appear in a fairly high-leverage situation.
Lynn has been extremely impressive in two relief appearances, and it has the Cardinals thinking about using him in something other than the long-relief role for which he was initially called up. Lynn has pitched five shutout innings in relief, tallying seven strikeouts against two hits and one walk.
"That's one of the best things that's happened on our pitching staff all year long," manager Tony La Russa said.
Both La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan downplayed the possibility of Lynn moving into a starting job. However, both allowed that Lynn could well factor into late-inning relief.