ST. LOUIS -- Left-hander Tyler Lyons returned to Triple-A and resumed pitching in the Memphis rotation Thursday after being activated from the disabled list after Wednesday's game.
Lyons missed a little more than a month while nursing a left shoulder strain that cost him the opportunity to keep pitching in the Cardinals' rotation. He last pitched on Saturday, going 2 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Memphis. The Cardinals then had Lyons spend a few days in St. Louis in case the club needed to add another arm to the roster. When that wasn't needed, the decision was made to send Lyons back down so that he can get into a normal starting routine again.
Lyons started for the Redbirds on Thursday, taking the mound after his offense scored six times in the top of the first. He needed every bit of it. Lyons lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and six runs in the 71-pitch outing. It was his fifth appearance of the season for Memphis, with whom he allowed eight runs on 20 hits and seven walks in 21 2/3 innings before an April callup to St. Louis. The lefty made six appearances with the Cardinals before landing on the 15-day DL.
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