Kelly gets Cardinals starting job, Lyons demoted

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm •  Published: June 22, 2013
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Kelly was 0-3 with a 4.22 ERA working 32 innings in 21 games. He got the job after Lyons, who walked three Friday including pitcher Derek Holland, was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Lyons won his first two career starts but was 0-3 in his last four and is 2-3 with a 5.51 ERA. He was a ninth-round pick in 2010.

"He needs to control the strike zone with his fastball," Matheny said. "We gave him a list of a couple of little things to work on, but for the most part it has everything to do with fastball location."

Right-hander Michael Blazek, a 35th-round draft pick in 2007, was recalled to add bullpen depth. The 24-year-old Blazek made it to the majors for the first time earlier in the season but did not appear in a game, and had a 2.31 ERA and one save at Memphis in eight games with four of his outings lasting two innings.

He began the year at Double-A Springfield, where he had a 0.92 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 19 2-3 innings.


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