Cardinals' Tyler Lyons: Rocky first appearance Sunday
Lyons (knee) made his spring debut in Sunday's Grapefruit League victory over the Braves, giving up two earned runs on two hits and one walk. He also recorded a strikeout.
The good news was that the 29-year-old reliever made it back into game action well ahead of Opening Day. However, he struggled with his command. Lyons issued a free pass to Freddie Freeman to start things off before allowing Matt Kemp and Jace Peterson to smack two-baggers, followed by Nick Markakis driving in a run on a groundout. The lefty is working back from offseason knee surgery and was an important component of the Cardinals' bullpen in 2016, generating a 3.38 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 46:14 K:BB over 30 appearances.