Cardinals call up Freeman and Rondon, place Lyons on DL

Relievers Sam Freeman (above) and Jorge Rondon were promoted from Memphis on Tuesday.

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ST. LOUIS — With the Cardinals’ bullpen in need of reinforcements, lefty Sam Freeman and right-hander Jorge Rondon were called up from Class AAA Memphis on Tuesday. Manager Mike Matheny had said after Monday’s 17-5 loss to the Cubs that a move probably would be coming.

What was not expected, however, was the club putting lefty Tyler Lyons on the disabled list because of a shoulder strain. Lyons was pounded by the Cubs Monday night for nine runs in four innings, but after the game (and a long delay for an MLB random drug test) he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he felt "really good (warming up) in the bullpen."

Rookie Eric Fornataro, who gave up two runs and threw 39 pitches Monday, was sent back to Memphis on Tuesday.

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With Lyons joining Joe Kelly, the man he had replaced in the rotation, on the disabled list, the door could be open for Jaime Garcia to make his season debut on Saturday against the Braves.

Freeman, who has been up with the Cardinals in each of the past two seasons, had allowed only two runs in his past 10 outings for the Redbirds. Rondon was called up last month but did not pitch before he returned to the minors. He had a 2.51 ERA in 11 appearances covering 14 1/3 innings for the Redbirds. He had not allowed an earned run in his past eight innings.

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