ST. LOUIS • A day after having to push Joe Kelly to five innings, the Cardinals made a move this morning to add a fresh arm for the weekend and hint at a change in the starting rotation.
The Cardinals recalled righty Michael Blazek from Class AAA Memphis for tonight's game against the Texas Rangers.
To make room on the roster for Blazek, the Cardinals optioned lefty Tyler Lyons to Triple-A Memphis. Lyons' departure after struggling in four consecutive starts leaves a spot open in the Cardinals' roster. The Cardinals have three off days in the coming weeks scattered around five games, and that does allow the team to go with a four-man rotation for a stretch. Kelly has also made his case to be considered as an option.
This is Blazek's second time this season on the major-league roster but he has yet to make his major-league debut.
The righty returned to the Class AAA bullpen late last month and has been strong. He has 19 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings of relief for the Redbirds. And he has a 2.31 ERA in eight appearances.
Blazek comes to the majors ahead of the two major-league pitchers the Cardinals have reassigned to Memphis already this season. Mitchell Boggs pitched on Friday night for Memphis and after a brief moonlighting as a starter, Boggs has returned to the bullpen at his request. Marc Rzepczynski has a 1.17 ERA in his past 10 starts for Memphis and a 2.40 ERA overall in a month with the minor-league team.
He has 16 strikeouts in his past 15 1/3 innings and five walks, though three of those walks came in one appearance. That outing he allowed five runs, all of which were unearned because of an error.