Postcard from Cardinals camp for Sunday, March 19
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny
Result: Cardinals 5, Braves 2
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Lance Lynn was confident that his recovery from Tommy John surgery was complete but he knew he had to go out this spring and prove it to others.
After making his fourth start of the spring on Sunday, the proof is in the numbers.
Lynn worked five scoreless innings against the Braves, and lowered his ERA for the spring to 1.29, allowing only two earned runs in 14 innings. He allowed four hits against the Braves, walked one and struck out three.
Lynn has issued only two walks in his spring starts.
Lynn will open the regular season in the Cardinals’ rotation, but the exact order among starters Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Mike Leake and Lynn has yet to be finalized by manager Mike Matheny.
The regular season begins in two weeks, on April 2 against the Cubs at Busch Stadium, which means Lynn likely has two starts remaining this spring.
Other news and notes from Sunday:
Matt Adams, perhaps trying to show he deserves to be more than a bench player, hit his team-leading fourth homer of the spring, a solo shot in the fourth inning off Julio Teheran.
Stephen Piscotty continues to struggle, going 0-for-3 and watching his spring average drop to .121. He has just one hit, a double, in his last 14 at-bats.
At the plate:
Adams also singled in his three at-bats, raising his spring average to .294. He also stole his second base of the spring. He was the only Cardinal with a multi-hit game … The other RBIs came on doubles by Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko, a single by Eric Fryer and a sacrifice fly by Paul DeJong … Kolten Wong was 0-for-4, dropping his spring average to .167.
On the mound:
Tyler Lyons followed Lynn to the mound, his first appearance of the spring in a major-league game as he recovers from off-season knee surgery. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out one, in his one inning … Relievers Seung Hwan Oh, Kevin Siegrist and Matt Bowman all worked a scoreless inning. Siegrist had to work around two walks, getting two strikeouts.
In the clubhouse:
The Cardinals made four more roster cuts after the game, outfielder Anthony Garcia and pitchers Rowan Wick, Josh Lucas and Zach Phillips were sent to the minor-league camp ... With the Dominican Republic team eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, the Cardinals expect Carlos Martinez back in camp early this week. He should have time to make two starts before the end of the spring, and possibly could be lined up so he would be ready to pitch on opening night against the Cubs … The Cardinals have nine spring games remaining before they break camp and play in Memphis and Springfield against their top two minor-league affiliates on their way back to St. Louis.
The Cardinals will play a rare night game on Monday, going to West Palm Beach to play the Astros in a game that begins at 5:05 p.m. St. Louis time. Mike Leake will get the start, with Trevor Rosenthal set to follow him to the mound.