Lyles holds a 2.63 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 13.2 innings pitched since being promoted to the majors on June 20. After a putrid start to the season where the he allowed at least five runs in four of his five appearances, Lyles has completely turned things around as of late. His strikeout numbers are still lackluster at best since the promotion (5.3 K/9), but his stellar 1.3 BB/9 and 0.7 HR/9 are allowing him to hold his own in the big leagues. The right-hander's role may be in question in the coming days, even with his recent success. Chris Rusin (shoulder) is expected to come off the disabled list this coming week, which could put Lyles' job as the Rockies' long reliever in jeopardy. How the Rockies plan to handle this situation will likely become clearer as Rusin's activation comes nearer, but in the meantime, Lyles will look to continue pitching like he has over the past month, a time in which he's lowered his ERA from 8.55 to 6.15 on the season.
Lyles was recalled Monday. Lyles last pitched for the Rockies on May 23 when he gave up four earned runs in 2.1 innings of work, bringing his ERA to 8.55 and WHIP to 2.05 on the season and leading him to be optioned to Triple-A. Lyles will now try to help the Rockies' rotation that has lost Tyler Chatwood and Chris Rusin to the 15-day DL.
Lyles was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Lyles has started five games during his in the majors in 2016, earning a dismal 8.55 ERA and 2.05 WHIP over 20 innings pitched. He was sent down to the minors when Jorge De La Rosa (groin) was reinstated Tuesday to make his first start since injury against the Red Sox. Lyles will spend some time in Triple-A making adjustments, but he could be called up again later in the year if he's needed.
Lyles gave up six runs -- four earned -- on five hits over 2.1 innings in a spot start against Pittsburgh on Monday afternoon. He's not scheduled to pitch as a member of the rotation this weekend, and the ongoing struggles could punch Lyles' ticket back to Triple-A in the near future if the Rockies decide to bring up a fresh arm from Albuquerque in the coming days. Monday's blow-up pushed his season ERA to 8.55 in five starts.
Lyles will be the starting pitcher for Monday's game against the Pirates, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Lyles will get another chance to start due to the postponement of their matchup with the Pirates being moved to Monday. Lyles was just called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, and was expected to be a long reliever after a rough start to the year with a 7.64 ERA and 1.87 WHIP in four starts.