Cards open up roster spot by moving Salas to DL

Jenifer Langosch/

Right-hander Fernando Salas has been placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the Cardinals announced on Wednesday. The move frees up a necessary spot on the 25-man roster to add lefty Tyler Lyons, who will start for the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Salas gave no indication that his shoulder was bothering him after pitching on Monday, though he did express some confusion after that outing as to why his pitches did not have their usual finish on them. Salas suffered a blown save in that appearance, as he allowed two inherited runners to score.

In 15 relief appearances this season, Salas has given up seven earned runs on 15 hits and three walks in 16 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit .242 off of him, and he’s allowed five of 13 inherited runners to score.

Despite Salas’ unavailability until at least June 5, the Cardinals still have a seven-man bullpen. Mitchell Boggs had given the club an extra reliever since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.

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