(KMOV) -- One day after throwing five solid innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits and striking out seven, Tyler Lyons has been sent back to AAA Memphis.
To take his roster spot the Cardinals have recalled reliever Fernando Salas.
Salas has appeared in 19 games for the Cardinals this season, going 0-2 with a 4.79 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched. The 28-year-old Salas was on the 15-day disabled list from May 21 to June 25 due to right shoulder inflammation.
At Memphis, Salas has compiled a 1-2 won-loss record and a 1.90 ERA with 12 saves in his 22 games pitched (23.2 IP). In 10 appearances (11.0 IP) during the month of August, Salas has saved 8 games for Memphis to go along with a 1.64 ERA.
This is just a temporary demotion for Lyons. He pitched well enough against Cincinnati on Monday night to earn more work going forward, according to Mike Matheny. The manager said Lyons' ability to finish strong increased his confidence in using the young pitcher in September.
"I think it definitely adds to it, moreso than if he had come out early," Matheny said. "We were ready to get him early, but he was able to bear down and make pitches and that definitely keeps him in the conversation as we move forward in a couple different roles."
Lyons is eligible to re-join the team in a week, and the Cardinals weren't planning on starting him again until September 3rd. Originally, he was going to start this Sunday against the Pirates, but because the Cardinals have an off day on Thursday, Joe Kelly will likely now make that Sunday start instead of Lyons.