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Pirates hope to get Lyons, Maurer back on track


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BRADENTON, Fla.Tyler Lyons and Brandon Maurer would like to forget last season, and it’s hard to blame them. Both had brutal 2018s.

Long a reliable swingman for the Cardinals, everything fell apart for Lyons. The left-hander posted an 8.64 ERA and 1.92 WHIP during 27 relief appearances in an injury-marred season that included trips to the DL with a strained back and a sprained elbow.

“It was one of those years where you couldn’t wait for it to end and start on a new year,” Lyons said. “For the first time, it was not as much fun to sit at home and think about the season. It’s hard to enjoy the offseason after a year like that.”

A year removed from serving as the Padres’ closer, Maurer was awful for the Royals. He had a 7.76 ERA and 2.13 WHIP in 37 games.

“It was a rough year,” Maurer said. “Everything went wrong. Nothing seemed to go my way.”

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