St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and will miss the entire 2016 season.
Lynn went 12–11 for the Cardinals in 2015, with a 3.03 ERA in 175 1/3 innings. An All-Star in 2012, the 28-year-old has only seen his ERA rise above 3.80 once in his career, in 2013. Opposing hitters have just a .248 batting average off Lynn in his MLB tenure.
Lefthander Tyler Lyons, 27, is a candidate to take Lynn’s spot in the rotation, posting a 3.75 ERA in 60 innings last season. He made eight starts and nine relief appearances in 2015.
The Cardinals open their 2016 campaign on April 4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.