The Cardinals also considered Tyler Lyons, who allowed three runs on seven hits and five walks in a 5 2/3-inning Game 1 outing. The club needed to keep one of the two young lefties in the rotation for at least one more turn while Jaime Garcia recovers from a left groin strain.
"I thought they both threw well," manager Mike Matheny said. "Tim did a real nice job and we'll give him another spot. We'll have Tyler go back and continue to be ready for us."
• In order to clear a spot for first baseman Dan Johnson on the 25-man roster, the Cardinals optioned reliever Marcus Hatley to Triple-A. Hatley made two appearances during his first Major League callup.
• The organization also had to open a place for Johnson on the 40-man roster. That was done by designating shortstop Aledmys Diaz for assignment. The Cardinals signed the Cuban shortstop to a four-year, $8 million Major League contract in March 2013, but Diaz has not yet advanced above Double-A.
With Diaz due the remainder of his $1.5 million salary this year and $4 million more over the next two years, the Cardinals are taking a gamble that he will not be claimed on waivers by another club and can therefore remain in the organization. Diaz, 24, has hit .235/.292/.344 in 61 games for Double-A Springfield this season.
• Lefty Marco Gonzales (left shoulder impingement) remains on schedule to return to the mound on Friday and make a start for Class A Advanced Palm Beach. Gonzales will be held to a pitch count of 35-40 in what will be his first start since May 19.
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