May 19: Brewers (17-24) @ Cardinals (27-15)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Several news items to come out of the Cardinals’ clubhouse this morning. You can read more on each in the cardinals.com notebook this afternoon, but here is a quick rundown so that everyone is caught up in the meantime:

  • Manager Mike Matheny announced that left-hander Tyler Lyons will join the team in San Diego and start in Jaime Garcia’s place on Wednesday. Though the Cardinals had some potential fill-in options already on the roster (Seth Maness, Joe Kelly, Carlos Martinez), the Cardinals did not feel that any of those three was built up enough to immediately step in and start. Wednesday would be Lyons’ next day to start, so the Cardinals liked the fit. Remember, too, that with Jake Westbrook on his way back and an off day on Thursday, the Cardinals have enough rotation flexibility that they may only need one start out of Lyons.
  • Speaking of Westbrook, he did begin his throwing program today. Three days after receiving a cortisone injection to target a build-up of scar tissue around his right elbow, Westbrook made about 25 throws from a distance of 60 feet. He’s scheduled to do the same tomorrow.
  • Mitchell Boggs has returned from Triple-A and has been added to the Cardinals’ 25-man roster. Garcia has officially been placed on the DL. Boggs was adamant that he is in a better place after a short demotion and said that today feels like the start of a new season for him.
  • Chris Carpenter said that his arm responded well to his extended bullpen session on Saturday. That means he’ll continue to move forward with his program, which has him throwing a short side on Monday and four simulated innings on Thursday. The next step will be announced after Thursday’s throwing session.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Jon Jay (CF)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. John Gast (LHP)

BREWERS LINEUP:

  1. Norichika Aoki (RF)
  2. Jean Segura (SS)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  5. Yuniesky Betancourt (1B)
  6. Jeff Bianchi (3B)
  7. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  8. Martin Maldonado (C)
  9. Kyle Lohse (RHP)

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