Some specific news on Lyon in case you're interested
Lyon put on 15-day DL with sore elbow
The Arizona Republic
May. 19, 2005 12:00 AM
HOUSTON - Convinced they'd rather be safe than sorry, especially after more concerns developed during a game of catch earlier in the day, the Diamondbacks placed closer Brandon Lyon on the 15-day disabled list following Wednesday's game with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow.
The move is retroactive to last Thursday, when Lyon, who was tied for the major league lead in saves with 13, last pitched. That means he could be eligible to be activated during next weekend's series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers, assuming his elbow responds to more treatment and rest.
Infielder Matt Kata has been recalled from Triple-A Tucson and will join the Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park today for the final game of their series against the Astros. advertisement
Lyon wasn't available to pitch in any of Arizona's four previous games because of soreness in the elbow, which team physician Dr. Michael Lee characterized as a case of tendinitis. But with five days off and the soreness still there, and then Lyon complaining of more tightness while playing catch on Wednesday, the team decided to put him on the DL.
"I felt pretty good, but I felt if I let one go, it might actually irritate it a little bit," Lyon said. "I definitely want to be out there, but I think it's a good idea right now to just take these days and strengthen it up."
Manager Bob Melvin said the move makes sense for a couple reasons: one, to protect Lyon, and two, because the closer probably wouldn't have his rhythm or feel for pitches after not pitching for nearly a week if they had relied on him in this series or this weekend in Detroit.
"To run him out there potentially tomorrow or the next day without having pitched in that long, and bring him in the ninth inning when he's not 100 percent sure, this gives us time to make sure he's 100 percent," Melvin said.
Melvin said Lyon could make a minor-league rehab appearance or pitch a simulated situation but that will be determined later.