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Lance Lynn | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 280
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi
Drafted: 2008 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals activated RHP Lance Lynn from the 60-day disabled list.
Lynn didn't pitch at the big league level in 2016 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, making just two minor league rehab starts. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training. Prior to his injury, he compiled an excellent 3.37 ERA and 766/291 K/BB ratio over 791 1/3 innings with the Cardinals. Nov 5 - 10:09 AM

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Lance Lynn (elbow) has ended his minor league rehab assignment.

Lynn tossed 48 pitches over three scoreless innings in a start at Double-A Springfield last week and felt fine after the outing, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Cardinals made the decision to shut him down because he "was not going to be cleared to contribute in the majors this season" just 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery. Lynn should be 100 percent for the beginning of spring training next February. The 29-year-old right-hander holds an excellent 3.37 ERA and 766 strikeouts in 791 1/3 career major league innings.
Aug 31 - 11:12 AM

Lance Lynn (elbow) acknowledged Tuesday that the odds of him pitching for the Cardinals in 2016 are "very slim."

"Realistically, the chances of getting back to the major leagues and being productive are very slim," said the right-hander. Lynn underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery only nine months ago and that procedure typically requires 12-15 months of rest and rehab. Yet he made two appearances at High-A Palm Beach last week and is scheduled to start for Double-A Springfield this Wednesday.
Aug 23 - 6:43 PM

Lance Lynn (elbow) is set to make a rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Springfield.

He'll likely throw around 50 pitches, or three innings. Lynn worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his minor league rehab debut last Monday with High-A Palm Beach but struggled in his next outing in High-A ball the following Friday. He's no sure bet to rejoin the Cardinals in 2016 despite the recent activity.
Aug 23 - 5:04 PM

Lance Lynn (elbow) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with High-A Palm Beach.

Lynn was pretty sharp in his first game since the NLDS last October, giving up one hit and no walks while striking out one. He threw 19 out of 27 pitches for strikes. Lynn is only nine months removed from Tommy John surgery, but the Cardinals haven't ruled him out as a possibility to contribute in September.
Aug 15 - 7:27 PM

Lance Lynn (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with High-A Palm Beach.

Lynn had Tommy John surgery last November, so the original assumption was that he would miss the entire 2016 season, but he has convinced the Cardinals that he's ready to give it a go in game action. The club might decide to play it safe at some point, but there's a chance that he could have a role in September.
Aug 15 - 4:42 PM

Lance Lynn (elbow) has thrown seven live batting practices.

He's hoping to appear in a minor league game by the end of next month. Obviously Lynn hasn't given up on pitching again this season, though we're guessing the Cardinals will play it safe and hold him out until spring training. Lynn is about nine months removed from Tommy John surgery.
Jul 28 - 5:45 PM

Lance Lynn (elbow) said Saturday that "it's possible" he could return to pitch this season "but everything has to go perfect."

"It’s possible," Lynn said. "But it might not be smart. If everything goes perfect, then there’s a possibility. But everything has to go perfect." Making his way back from November Tommy John surgery, Lynn has resumed throwing bullpen sessions and will return to the Cardinals' spring training complex to continue his rehab. Perhaps there's a very small chance he could make it back late in the year as a reliever, but it's highly unlikely.
Jun 19 - 10:07 AM

Cardinals placed RHP Lance Lynn on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Lynn will miss the 2016 season while working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Apr 3 - 8:21 AM

Lance Lynn threw Monday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Lynn underwent Tommy John surgery back in November, so the Cardinals will be without him for the entire 2016 season. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to go for the start of 2017.
Mar 29 - 12:35 PM

Lance Lynn underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and will miss the entire 2016 season.

Lynn missed a couple starts back in June with what was called a forearm strain and admitted Tuesday that he pitched through pain in his pitching arm for much of the season. It's obviously a tough blow for the Cardinals, although at least with the timing it will allow them to address their rotation as they see fit. Bringing back John Lackey would seem like a distinct possibility, and the Cards have also been connected to David Price in the past.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 04:28:00 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny reiterated Monday that his NLDS Game 4 starter is to be determined.

Lance Lynn is currently penciled in, but the Cardinals could turn to John Lackey on short rest if they are facing elimination on Tuesday in Chicago. They'll try to beat 2015 National League Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta on Monday evening at Wrigley Field and then make the decision. Lynn made an appearance in Game 2 on Saturday, but it lasted just one inning and so it acted much like a typical between-starts throwing session.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Lance Lynn remains "penciled" in to start Game 4 of the NLDS despite appearing in relief in Game 2.

Lynn threw 24 pitches over one inning of work, so it was essentially just a normal between-starts bullpen session for him. Matheny did say that the Cards "have options," so it doesn't sound like Lynn is a given to take the ball Tuesday in Chicago. "I think right now we have options," said Matheny. "We haven't used Tyler [Lyons], haven't shown him, and Lance is certainly the guy that we have kind of penciled for that [start] so far. And anything he did today didn't hurt his chances of doing that as far as health-wise."
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 08:10:00 AM

Lance Lynn allowed one hit and one run with two strikeouts and one walk in one inning Saturday in the Cardinals' loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.

He was scheduled to start Game 4, though it's unclear if Saturday's relief appearance will impact his availability. Lynn only threw 24 pitches and this was supposed to be his side day anyway, so the Cardinals can probably treat this like they would a normal bullpen session. If Lynn can't go, St. Louis would have to start John Lackey on short rest.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 09:28:00 PM

Lance Lynn will start against the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

John Lackey is pitching Game 1, Jaime Garcia is pitching Game 2, and Michael Wacha will take Game 3. Lynn had another solid season for St. Louis, finishing with a 3.03 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 03:12:00 PM

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3Lance Lynn
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6Michael Wacha
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