UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
MLB

Tyler Lyons stays in Cards' rotation, Michael Wacha optioned to AAA

Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Star prospect Michael Wacha will return to AAA Memphis after an impressive stint with the Cardinals.

MIAMI (AP) — Rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons will remain in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation, edging out rookie right-hander Michael Wacha, who was optioned Friday to Triple-A Memphis.

The Cardinals had to choose between the two with the return of right-hander Jake Westbrook. He had been on the disabled list since June 9 with elbow inflammation, and was activated as expected to start Friday at Miami.

Wacha, 22, made a rapid ascent after pitching last year for Texas A&M, joining the Cardinals for three starts. Lyons is three years older and has more professional experience, which was a factor in the decision, manager Mike Matheny said.

"You can't forget - Wacha was in college a year ago," Matheny said. "It's nice having that left-hander in the rotation. It has been nice to watch Tyler do his thing. He has been very efficient and given us a chance when he has been out there. Michael did a great job too, but right now it's a better fit for Tyler."

Lyons, who will start Sunday against the Marlins, is 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA in four games. Wacha went 1-0 with an ERA of 4.58.

Wacha's return to the minors will give him a chance to improve command of his fastball, Matheny said.

More MLB

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again