Cardinals to stretch out Lynn
Manager Mike Matheny announced that the Cardinals’ “Plan B” includes Lance Lynn, who will now be stretched out so that he will be ready to start at the beginning of the season. Though the Cardinals are not yet ruling out Chris Carpenter’s availability for Opening Day, they’re also preparing for the possibility that the right-hander still might not be able to go on time. That’s why the decision was made now to start extending Lynn out with longer spring appearances moving forward.
Lynn pitched two innings in his first Grapefruit League outing and was going to go two on Saturday before rain interrupted the game. Lynn ended up logging just one inning of work. The Cardinals have not announced when Lynn will make his next appearance, though at the moment the club does not have a starter listed for Wednesday.
Starting is nothing new for Lynn, who made 72 of his 77 appearances in the Minors as a starter. He started twice for the Cardinals last season before transitioning into a relief role. The Cardinals had planned to keep him in a bullpen role largely because the rotation was already set with five starters. Matheny did say that if Carpenter is ready to begin the year with the club, Lynn will just shift back over into the ‘pen.
In 2011, which was his rookie season, Lynn posted a 3.18 ERA in 18 appearances (two starts). He also pitched 11 postseason innings.
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