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Cards' Lynn has Tommy John surgery, will miss 2016 season

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Lance Lynn #31 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on September 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Lance Lynn #31 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on September 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Lance Lynn's injury leaves a hole in St. Louis' rotation.

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St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and will miss the entire 2016 season, the team has announced.

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Lynn, 28, went 12-11 with a 3.03 ERA in 31 starts this past season. He struck out 167 batters in 175 1/3 innings.

Since the start of the 2012 season, Lynn ranks sixth in the majors with 60 wins and 16th with 726 strikeouts.

Because of the injury to Lynn, St. Louis could try to add a starting pitcher via a trade or free agency.