Cards make bullpen changes

Jenifer Langosch/

Needing to fill their bullpen with fresh arms for Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals recalled right-handers Michael Blazek and Keith Butler from Triple-A. Righty Fernando Salas and left-hander Marc Rzepczynski were optioned to Memphis to make room.

Both Salas and Rzepczynski were called upon to pitch more than an inning in Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Pirates. Salas threw 35 pitches in his appearance, and Rzepczynski needed 20 to get four outs. By adding Blazek and Butler to the ‘pen, the Cardinals are assured of having seven available relievers on Tuesday.

This will be Blazek’s third stint with the Cardinals this season. He was most recently sent to Triple-A on July 10 after allowing three runs in three innings (four appearances). Butler followed him to Memphis five days later and has pitched four times since. Both righties are plenty fresh, too. Blazek last pitched on Saturday; Butler’s most recent appearance came last Friday.

Salas and Rzepczynski combined to allow five seventh-inning runs to the Pirates on Monday. The outing was Rzepczynski’s second since being recalled after a near three-month stay in the Minors. He pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday in his first appearance back.

Salas had been scored upon in three of four appearances since rejoining the Cardinals after a stay on the disabled list and a stint in the Minors. Overall, he has a 4.79 ERA in 19 appearances for St. Louis this season.

The Cardinals also made official the addition of Tyler Lyons, who has been added to the roster as a 26th player for the day. Beginning last year, Major League Baseball approved expanding the active roster by one for doubleheaders scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.

Lyons will start Game 2 for the Cardinals on Tuesday and will be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Brandon Cumpton, who has also been called up from Triple-A.

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