Lyon to the DL

The Astros placed right-hander Brandon Lyon on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with right biceps tendinitis and recalled left-hander Fernando Abad from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will join the team in time for Thursday’s game.

Lyon, the Astros’ closer at the beginning of the year, missed 32 games earlier this season with right biceps tendinitis/partial rotator cuff tear and had appeared in three games since being activated June 9. He had given up a home run in each of those three outings.

Lyon has appeared in 15 games his season and is 3-3 with a 11.48 ERA.

“Sitting down in the bullpen even without throwing [Tuesday] night, Brandon’s arm was bothering him a little bit,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “Jamie [Quirk], our bullpen coach, talked to him last night and felt we needed to talk about it. We came in and talked about and brought the doctors in and we thought we need to get this care of.”

Mills said Lyon would likely undergo MRI at some point soon and said his current injury is related to the previous injury that put him on the DL.

“I can say pretty candidly it’s probably related,” Mills said.

Abad, who had a 2.84 ERA in 22 games last year with the Astros in his Major League debut, was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 games at Oklahoma City. He started the season with the Astros, but was sent down after going 1-4 with a 7.43 ERA in 22 appearances.

“We talked to the Triple-A staff down there and we just about went through all the pitchers,” Mills said. “[Jeff] Fulchino, we sent him down [earlier this week] to work on some things. He threw two pitches last night and got hit with a one-hopper and had to come out of the game. I don’t think that’s fair to him [to bring him back]. As we went through the other pitchers, we felt Abad was the best choice. The response to our questions were he’s throwing pretty close to what he was last year.”


1 Comment

Brian……I feel so sorry for Brandon Lyon. NO one has tried as much as he has, trying to NOT
go back on the DL. I think he knows the docs are going to tell him he has to have sugery,
and that KIND of operation is carrer ending. Give him a pat on the back for us, for being the closer we enjoyed so much! Thanks! Becky:)

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