WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- There has been a schedule change for Lance Lynn, whose next appearance will come on the back fields of the Cardinals' Florida complex instead of under the lights in Memphis.Lynn had been lined up to make his final start of the spring in the Cardinals'
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- There has been a schedule change for Lance Lynn, whose next appearance will come on the back fields of the Cardinals' Florida complex instead of under the lights in Memphis.
Lynn had been lined up to make his final start of the spring in the Cardinals' exhibition game at its Triple-A affiliate on Thursday. But with Lynn coming off a 10-pitch outing and rain in the Memphis forecast, the Cardinals preferred having Lynn pitch in a more controlled setting.
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"It's hard to trust what we are going to have in Memphis weather-wise," manager Mike Matheny said. "We just have to get him built up."
According to the accuweather.com forecast, there is a 69 percent chance of precipitation during the day Thursday. The chance of rain does go down later in the day. First pitch in Memphis is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.
It hasn't yet been determined whether Lynn will pitch in a Minor League game or a simulated one Thursday, but he will likely throw about 70-80 pitches. He was ready for that many last Saturday until a twinge in his upper back forced him out of the game. The Cardinals described the move as precautionary and have no concerns about any lingering issues.
After he pitches in Florida, Lynn will rejoin the Cardinals in St. Louis. It has not yet been announced when he'll make his regular-season debut.
With Lynn now out of the mix for Memphis, the Cardinals intend to have several relievers cover innings in the game. Matheny had not yet settled on a starter.
Peralta on the mend
Third baseman Jhonny Peralta went through a full pregame workout Monday to see if the soreness around his left knee had subsided since he fouled a pitch off it on Saturday. The Cardinals' hope is that Peralta will come through the work without issue and can return to the lineup Tuesday.
"I just told him, he's doing everything so well right now, I would like for him to keep that rhythm," Matheny said. "If we can push a little bit and keep him in there, he looks good at the plate timing-wise and [is] moving really well at third. [We] don't want him to have too many days [off], if physically, he can get out there. I'd like to get him back in."
Peralta is set to open the season as the Cardinals' starting third baseman. In 17 games this spring, he has slashed .214/.234/.405.
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