DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
1 day ago

Lynn (ribs), who was scheduled to start for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday night, will instead take the mound earlier that day in a minor-league game in Jupiter, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

The change in venue isn't due to any new injury concerns for Lynn, but rather, uncertainty as to the weather forecast for Memphis' game. As per manager Mike Matheny, Lynn remains a candidate to start the third game of the regular season versus the Cubs on April 5.

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
3 days ago

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny downplayed the back injury Lynn suffered during Saturday's Grapefruit League appearance, saying that he expects the right-hander to pitch Thursday in his final start of the spring, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn threw just one inning Saturday after experiencing upper-back stiffness, which had resulted in a downturn in his velocity. His removal was deemed precautionary, however, and after meeting with a chiropractor after the outing, it doesn't sound like Lynn is at much risk of missing the start of the season. Matheny indicated that Lynn is expected to approach 80 pitches in his start Thursday, and if all goes well, he'll likely face no restrictions when he takes the hill for his first MLB start since 2015 in the first week of April.

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
4 days ago

Lynn was removed from Saturday's game after just one inning due to precautionary reasons, according to general manager John Mozeliak, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Ben Frederickson reports that Lynn's fastball velocity was below 90 mph on most of his pitches before exiting.

EDGE Analysis

He threw 10 pitches and was in the high-80s on most of his pitches, rather than his customary 93-94 mph range. Lynn told Mozeliak that he was experiencing right rib discomfort but did not seem concerned, however a velocity drop of this magnitude suggests that it could be more than just a day-to-day thing. We will update his status when the Cardinals provide more information.

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
1 week ago

Lynn (1-1) gave up four hits and one walk over five scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-2 Grapefruit League win over the Braves. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn scattered four singles, not allowing more than one hit in any inning or any baserunner to reach third. The hard-throwing righty's ERA is now 1.29 over 14 spring innings following Sunday's outing. "Five innings, 75 pitches. That was the goal," said Lynn, who actually got through five on 73 pitches (44 strikes). "Not a lot of long-pitch innings, which was good. Missed some spots here and there, but for the most part, I felt pretty good. The last couple innings, I felt better as I went on."

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
3 weeks ago

Lynn (0-1) racked up three strikeouts and gave up one earned run on two hits over three innings in Thursday's 1-0 Grapefruit League loss to the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn fired 55 pitches over his three frames, 42 of which found the strike zone. The hard-throwing right-hander cruised through the first two innings, notching a pair of called third strikes on Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel to close out the first and punching out A.J. Reed in the same manner to put a bow on the second. A wild pitch in the third moved Teoscar Hernandez to third after he'd lead off with a double, and Colin Moran's single brought him home, leading to the only real blemish on Lynn's record Thursday. The veteran had good command and was encouraged by the fact that he consistently threw his breaking ball for strikes, and by his overall stamina as he works back from missing all of last season. "The ball was coming out good, I had good command in the strike zone. ... I have a ligament that is repaired, and I was pitching with it torn," Lynn said. "So I feel good. I pitched with a bad elbow for a while, so for it to feel good is an exciting feeling. I feel strong. I just got to get going."

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
4 weeks ago

Lynn gave up only an unearned run on two hits over four innings in Saturday's 1-1 Grapefruit League tie with the Cardinals. He also recorded a strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn became the first Cardinals starter to go a full four innings this spring, firing 36 of his 52 pitches for strikes. What trouble he did encounter was largely of his own doing, as Lynn made an errant high lob to Paul DeJong at third on an attempted second-inning rundown and then uncorked an inaccurate throw on an attempted pickoff of Wilmer Difo in the third. The latter gaffe placed Difo on third base, and he came home on Grant Green's groundout a batter later. Despite having to scuffle some, Lynn took the big picture view of the outing and came away satisfied. "As long as they're not barreling it, we're fine," Lynn said. "[I got] a lot of grounders and weak fly balls, so I did what I wanted to do."

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
1 month ago

Lynn, making his return to the mound after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, gave up one earned run on four hits and one walk in Monday's 5-4 Grapefruit League win over the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn surrendered an RBI single to Derek Norris in the second for his one run and impressively fired 28 of his 35 pitches for strikes. He threw plenty of fastballs -- his bread-and-butter pitch -- during his stint on the mound, but will selectively reincorporate his slider, curveball and changeup now that his elbow has regained the necessary stability and strength. "I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get people out," Lynn said. "If that involves throwing all fastballs, I will. If I have to mix it up, I will. But I've had some pretty good success with the fastball, so I'm going to keep [throwing it]."

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
1 month ago

Lynn (elbow), making his return after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, will start Monday's split squad game against the Nationals,Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn will make his long-awaited return to the mound after missing all of last season. The 29-year-old right-hander is looking to earn a spot in the starting rotation and build on his streak of four straight double-digit victory seasons, with Monday's outing serving as his first chance to start building his case,

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
1 month ago

Lynn (elbow) threw a live bullpen session on Monday, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old missed all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John, and will 17 months removed from the surgery come Opening Day, giving him a good shot to regain his footing early in the season. With prospect Alex Reyes missing the upcoming season due to Tommy John surgery, the Cardinals are looking to ease Lynn back into things this spring, possibly skipping his first scheduled start, as he will be needed in their starting rotation once the season rolls around.

DTDLance Lynn
SP STL
2 months ago

Lynn (elbow) expects to earn a spot in the starting rotation during spring training, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

After missing all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery, the 29-year-old began throwing exercises in December and is ready to compete for a starting rotation spot in 2017. Lynn has been impressive during his time in the majors, accumulating a 3.37 ERA across five seasons with the Cardinals. Barring any setbacks, he will likely reclaim his spot within St. Louis' starting rotation.