Lance Lynn pitched decently in his second official appearance of 2016.
There’s virtually no expectation that Lance Lynn will be part of the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting rotation during 2016. With the minor-league season reaching its final few weeks, he’s running out of time to build up endurance, and such an aggressive return would almost certainly go against the guidelines of his recovery from Tommy John surgery anyway.
With that said, the 29-year-old Lynn could be a valuable bullpen piece down the stretch, just as he was for the World Series champion 2011 Cardinals. Lynn certainly seems to be making progress towards being able to fill that type of role in September, as he made his second rehab start of the season on Friday night without much issue.
Lynn threw 36 pitches (25 for strikes) over two innings on Friday, allowing three hits–just one of which that was for the extra-base variety–and no walks.
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He did commit a throwing error on the first play of the game, allowing a runner to reach base who would eventually score as an unearned run.
In the second, Lynn allowed two straight hits to begin the inning with another run coming in to score. After he struck out two straight and induced an infield ground ball, it looked like he’d get out of the second inning, but a throwing error by third baseman Danny Diekroger lengthened the inning and allowed another unearned run to come in and score.
The fact that Lynn is displaying a decent amount of stamina and pitching with at least marginal effectiveness, it seems as if he’ll be a candidate to come back when rosters expand in September. The Cardinals will have to find a 40-man roster spot for him, as he’s currently on the 60-day DL, but at this point it’d almost be a surprise if Lynn didn’t come back as a reliever next month while pushing for a spot on a potential Cardinals postseason roster.