ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals will tweak their rotation coming out of the All-Star break in order to give Lance Lynn an extra two days of rest.
Instead of starting Lynn on Saturday, the Cardinals will have Kyle Lohse take the mound in the second game of a three-game series in Cincinnati. Lynn will then drop to Lohse's spot in the rotation and start for the club on Monday in Milwaukee.
The change in the rotation order was made after Lynn did not make an appearance in Tuesday's All-Star Game. The club also saw this as an opportunity to give Lynn, who has already thrown 103 innings, extended time off.
The first-year Cardinals starter is only 17 2/3 innings away from matching his 2011 total, which included time in the Minors, as well as regular season and postseason appearances.
By moving Lohse's start up two days, the right-hander will end up pitching in a setting where he has had much better success. The former Red is 8-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. In contrast, Lohse has posted a 6.95 ERA in nine games (eight starts) at Miller Park.
Lohse finished the first half of the season with a 9-2 record and a 2.79 ERA. Lynn, one of six Cardinal players selected for the National League All-Star team, is 11-4 with a 3.41 ERA.