In the Brewers' first seven games, Loe made five appearances, allowing four hits and one run -- a homer by Cincinnati's Joey Votto -- in 4 1/3 innings. Loe told manager Ron Roenicke he would pitch whenever needed, but the new skipper doesn't want to abuse that valuable resource.
"We're using Loe a lot because he's throwing the ball so good it's hard to keep him out of there," said Roenicke, who stayed away from using him Friday night in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs.
"He wants to pitch all the time. He likes to pitch a lot. And when he's pitching so well, we want to pitch him a lot. But we have to be careful with him."
Loe was voted the Brewers' "Unsung Hero" in 2010 for his workhorse role in relief. In a career-high 53 appearances, he went 3-5 with a 2.78 ERA over 58 1/3 innings.
Loe led the Brewers' relief corps with 22 holds and retired 36 of 53 first batters faced (67.9 percent). He stranded 24 of 36 inherited runners (66.7 percent) while pitching in the big leagues for the first time since 2008.
Not bad for a pitcher who went to Japan in 2009 to keep his career alive.
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