Tag:Kyle Lohse
Posted on: August 6, 2010 1:17 am

Lohse roughed up in Double-A

Kyle Lohse Don't pay attention to the results or what you saw, listen to Kyle Lohse -- he pitched well. He did what he wanted.

Sure, his line in rehab start at Double-A Springfield wasn't pretty -- five innings pitched, 12 hits, five runs, four strikeouts and no walks, but Lohse had plenty of excuses for FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Raines :
“I feel like if I wanted to go out there and just throw sliders and changeups it would have been completely different” Lohse said. “It’s just one of those things where I want to work on the things that will make me successful when I come back and not just put up good numbers to impress everybody here.

“It was tough. It was one of those times where if you asked me after the last time, I felt like my stuff was ready. I’m just kind of in between right now. I felt some of the things they were hitting, I didn’t think they had any business hitting. The other ones, you fall behind in the count and that’s what’s going to happen.”

In addition to saying he was working on certain pitches in situations that he might not normally do in a big league game, Lohse complained that the balls being used weren’t the same as those in Major League games. Lohse said the seams on the balls were tighter than those he was used to throwing with and that he wished he had brought Major League balls from St. Louis with him.

“They just aren’t the same,” Lohse said. “It’s just one of those things I should have thought about beforehand. They are tighter. It’s a different ball, a completely different ball.”
Lohse is scheduled to start Aug. 13 against the Cubs in St. Louis in place of Jeff Suppan, but the results from his third rehab start may give the Cardianls pause.

Lohse is in the second year of a four-year, $41 million deal and hasn't pitched since May 22. He underwent surgery on his forearm on May 28. In two starts at Triple-A Memphis, Lohse has thrown seven innings and allowed four runs on six hits.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 14, 2010 11:08 am

Phillies unlikely to add

Phillies fans are getting a bit nervous about the National League champs being in third place at this point in the season, and Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News points out that the team is not likely to be able to significantly upgrade via trade.

The Phillies have gotten help at the deadline the past three years: Kyle Lohse in 2007, Joe Blanton in 2008 and Cliff Lee in 2009. Those trades depleted the farm system of the kind of players they'd need to make a similar deal this year. The cupboard is bare except for outfielder Domonic Brown, and the Phillies aren't inclined to trade such a promising prospect.

The Phillies also are hamstrung by their high payroll, much of which is going to players who already are signed for 2011. That rules out taking on a big contract.

The return of Jimmy Rollins (on the disabled list since May 22 with a calf injury, maybe back this weekend) will be a boost to the offense, but for the most part the Phillies are going to have to figure out how to get it done with the guys currently in the clubhouse.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 2:12 am

Cards looking for a starter

The Cardinals are on the hunt for another starter, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss writes . According to Strauss, manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan are interested in bringing in recently-released Jeff Suppan.

Suppan would be available for a pro-rated share of the major-league minimum after being released by the Brewers. Suppan pitched for the Cardinals from 2004-06 and signed a big contract with the Brewers after helping the Cardinals win the 2006 World Series.

Others in consideration by the Cardinals are Baltimore's Kevin Millwood and Kansas City's Brian Bannister. Millwood would cost $7.5 million of his $12 million salary, while Bannister would cost prospects. Bannister, arbitration-eligible following this season, has one his last five starts.

Strauss writes the Cardinals are more interested in a pitcher who has played this season rather than a pitcher who hasn't, such as Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Braden Looper or Paul Byrd.

Brad Penny's back will be re-examined in St. Louis on Monday and told Strauss his timetable is still undetermined.

"I've got to tell them when the discomfort is gone," Penny told Strauss. "There's still something there, but it's localized. It's nothing like it was. I just know I don't want to come back too soon and set things back another six weeks. I don't think anyone wants that."

Kyle Lohse had surgery on his forearm last month and the timetable for his return is still unknown.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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