Astros Place Closer On DL

By ROBERT HENSLEE

The Astros have placed struggling closer Brandon Lyon on the disabled list. Lyon left the team today to fly back to Houston and have an MRI on his ailing shoulder. Team doctors diagnosed him with a partially torn rotator cuff and biceps tendinitis.

Lyon blew his fourth save of the season on Wednesday, giving up a walk and four base hits and blowing a 2-0 lead without getting an out as the Reds rallied to beat the Astros 3-2.

Mark Melancon will take over as the closer in Lyon ’s absence. Melancon, who was a key part of the Lance Berkman trade last summer, has a team-leading 1.72 ERA in 15.2 innings this season. The 26-year-old right hander has zero saves in his major league career but had seven saves in the minors last season.

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