Cards rework bullpen, adding Butler & Blazek

Keith Butler: 12 appearances with StL in 2013

The St. Louis Cardinals recalled two relievers, sent down two others and added Tuesday's Game two starter for the day.

In preparation for their Tuesday double-header at Pittsburgh, the St. Louis Cardinals recalled three pitchers from Triple-A Memphis. Right-handed relievers Michael Blazek and Keith Butler will remain with the club while starting pitcher Tyler Lyons will serve as the 26th man on the roster. The left-hander will start game two and then return to Memphis.

To make room for the pair of relievers, the Cardinals optioned left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski and right-handed pitcher Fernando Salas to Memphis. The two combined to give up five runs in Monday's series-opening loss at Pittsburgh.

Blazek
Blazek, 24, is beginning his third stint on the St. Louis' roster this season. The rookie has played at three levels in 2013, going a combined 0-1 with a 1.41 ERA and nine saves with Double-A Springfield and Memphis. He has appeared in four games (3.0 IP) for St. Louis with a 9.00 ERA and three walks against two strikeouts.

Butler, a 24-year-old rookie, has also appeared at three levels this year. He is 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 8 saves between Springfield and Memphis and has posted a 1.98 ERA in 12 games (13.2 IP) for St. Louis. Butler has fanned 11 and walked seven.

Lyons, 25, made six starts for the Cardinals earlier this year, going 2-3 with a 5.51 ERA. Since returning to Memphis in late June, the rookie left-hander has gone 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA (32.2 IP/6 ER) in six starts, working into the seventh inning in all but two of those outings while striking out 37 and walking eight. Lyons' overall season mark at Memphis stands at 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 games started (87.0 IP) with 75 strikeouts and a .226 opponent's batting average.

Rzepczynski was recalled from Memphis on July 25 to serve as a temporary third lefty after he was optioned out on April 29. Since returning to St. Louis, the 25-year-old appeared in two games, allowing two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked one. Opposing batters hit .375 against him.

Salas, 28, returned to St. Louis on July 18 from Memphis. He pitched 4 1/3 innings over four games, allowing five runs, four earned, for an 8.31 ERA. Salas fanned four and walked two. Opposing hitters had a .368 average against him.

The Mexican native began the season with St. Louis, but the right-hander went on the disabled list on May 22 due to shoulder inflammation. Salas began a rehab stint with Memphis on June 19 and was optioned to the Triple-A club for the first time this season seven days later.



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