Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn had Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2016 season (Jon Heyman, CBS).

Lynn pitched 175 innings for St. Louis last year with a 3.03 ERA and 3.90 xFIP. Lynn joins Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright on the list of prominent starting pitchers who underwent that surgery. Prognosis/case studies.

Cardinals will have Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Jaime Garcia returning. Expect the Cardinals to take a closer look at holding on to John Lackey and/or be aggressive in the starting pitcher market this offseason

15 Responses

  1. Kurt Frost

    Isn’t he the fat guy the cardinals fans hated?

  2. WVRedlegs

    Agressive in the starting pitcher market? They will now go hard after St. Louis area native David Price, which will mean they will have to beat out the Cubs and Maddon. That isn’t going to make the NL Central any easier.

    • WVRedlegs

      My mistake. Price is from Tennessee. But has some kind of connection to St. Louis.

      • I-71_Exile

        If they sign Johnny Cueto my head may explode.

      • vegastypo

        How would the Cardinals explain that to Chris Carpenter, much less to Chris Carpenter’s son ?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Victor Vollhardt

        Leake at 4 or 5 years would fit well with them–with the cost at 65 to 75 million. Don’t forget Martinez came down with some kind of a shoulder problem at the end of last season and while Wainright is back he has age and miles on him. Lackey could be in play, but with his age they would not want to overpay. Leake would be a good choice.

      • ohiojimw

        Leake reportedly wants to stay west of the Rockies (the mountain Rockies) or go to Arizona. Money talks but it is probably going to take more to get him to StLouis which could be a good thing because the Cardinals pockets are not bottomless; and, they have other costly needs too.

      • greenmtred

        That same horrible thought entered my mind, too.

  3. Pooter

    Is it bad if I secretly (not a secret anymore) was happy at this news, even if we do share the same last name?

    • jdx19

      Pooter Lynn? That’ s a fantastic name, sir! 😉

  4. HerpyDerp

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  5. jdx19

    This is unfortunate for STL… and I almost feel bad for him. He is/was one of the few Cardinals players I don’t despise.

    • lwblogger2

      There are getting to be more players on that team I don’t hate. I actually dislike the Pirates more at this point.

  6. lost11found

    Does anyone know when it was diagnosed? Post-season physical? Off-season throwing program?

    I doubt with that many innings this season he would have been doing anything too harsh.

    Perhaps it was like bailey. A series of seemingly small issues that one day prompted an MRI.

    On a related note looking back at Steve’s series on the subject, does any think there may be a link between the uptick in walks and deep counts with TJS. More folks on-base means more pitches from the strech, especially with hitters generally going deeper into counts.