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May 11, 2018 12:44 AM
Kyle Lohse: Calling it a career
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse announced via his personal Instagram Thursday that he is retiring.

After being released from his minor-league contract with the Royals earlier Thursday, Lohse announced that he's hanging up his cleats for good. Over the course of 16 major league seasons, Lohse logged a whopping 2,531.2 innings and notched a 4.40 ERA. He was a key member of the Cardinals rotation during their 2011 World Series run and finishes his career with 147 wins.

May 10, 2018 07:00 PM
Kyle Lohse: Cut loose by KC
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse was released by the Royals on Thursday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.

Lohse inked a minor-league deal with the Royals on March 31, but he was simply awful during his time in the organization. He allowed 12 runs in two starts for Triple-A Omaha, giving up 17 hits and walking five in that span. He'll head out to the open market looking for a new minor-league deal, though his recent performance very well may detract potential suitors for his services.

March 31, 2018 10:32 AM
Royals' Kyle Lohse: Agrees to deal with Royals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse signed a minor-league deal with Kansas City on Saturday.

Lohse has been out of the game since refusing an outright assignment to the minors while with the Rangers in 2016. The 39-year-old will provide some extra rotational depth for the Royals with both Nathan Karns and Jesse Hahn on the disabled list due to elbow problems. During his last full season in the majors, Lohse posted a 5.85 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with a 108:43 K:BB over 152.1 innings for Milwaukee in 2015. Looking ahead, Lohse will build his arm up at Triple-A Omaha before there's any possibility of joining the big-league squad.

July 29, 2016 04:30 PM
Kyle Lohse: Elects to become free agent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse refused his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and is now a free agent.

Lohse went 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA in his two starts with the Rangers this season. He was better at Round Rock, but not by much, as he posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. The 37-year-old's performance has drastically declined in recent seasons, particularly when it comes to his susceptibility to allow home runs, so it's hard to imagine a team being eager to sign him at this point in time.

July 26, 2016 05:10 PM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: Gets DFA'd
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse was designated for assignment Tuesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Lohse was rocked in two major league starts recently, giving up six and seven earned runs, respectively, on his way to two losses and the Rangers decided to bump him from the 40-man roster. If the 37-year-old doesn't get picked up by another big league club during his waiver period, he'll likely remain with Triple-A Round Rock where he's compiled a 5.06 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 10 starts this season.

July 23, 2016 10:00 PM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: May not stick in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse is not a lock to stick in the Rangers' rotation, as either he or Nick Martinez will start Tuesday against the A's, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

There is really no reason to be using Lohse in any format. He really struggles to miss bats (6.3-percent strikeout rate) and he gets hit hard, hence his 12.54 ERA through two starts. Even if he does get the start over Martinez on Tuesday, Lohse will likely be bumped from the rotation once the Rangers get healthy or once they acquire another pitcher via trade.

July 20, 2016 01:34 AM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: Takes second loss against Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse (0-2) allowed seven runs on six hits and three walks over 4.1 innings in a loss Tuesday to the Angels.

Lohse gave up two home runs again after serving up a pair of homers in his first outing July 9 against the Twins. He was doomed by the home run ball last year with Milwaukee, as he surrendered 29 in just 22 starts and finished with a 1.7 HR/9 that was by far a career high. He posted a 5.85 ERA last season as a result, and he isn't showing that he's fixed the problem thus far with the Rangers.

July 17, 2016 12:16 AM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: Cleared to start Tuesday as scheduled following bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse (oblique) has been cleared to start as scheduled Tuesday following a pain-free bullpen Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Lohse struggled in his lone start at the major league level this season and was struggling to find much success at Triple-A Round Rock prior to his promotion so it's hard to envision a situation where Lohse will be a fantasy asset in his current form,

July 15, 2016 10:44 PM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: Will need pain-free bullpen before being cleared for start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse (oblique) has been able to play catch but will likely need a pain-free bullpen session over the weekend before being cleared to start Tuesday as scheduled, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Lohse allowed six runs in six innings in his season debut prior to the All-Star break after struggling to the tune of a 5.06 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock this season. Healthy or not, you'd have to be pretty desperate to be relying on Lohse at this point.

July 11, 2016 01:46 AM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: Bothered by oblique tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse has been diagnosed with tightness in his right oblique, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Lohse noticed the issue early in Saturday's start against the Twins, but he continued to pitch because he knew the Texas bullpen needed some rest. He ultimately gave up six runs over six innings after struggling at Triple-A Round Rock (5.06 ERA) for the first few months of the season. Even if the injury heals quickly, there's no assurance that Lohse sticks in the starting rotation after the All-Star break.

July 9, 2016 12:20 AM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: Will start Saturday for Rangers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse's contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock and he will start Saturday's game against the Twins.

Nick Martinez, who was expected to start Saturday, was optioned to Double-A Frisco as a corresponding move. Lohse hasn't pitched particularly well at Round Rock, posting a 5.06 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 58.2 innings (10 starts). It's a testament to how desperate the Rangers are for healthy starting pitchers that they have summoned Lohse. He should be avoided in most formats, as his K-rate will be well below average and he should struggle to prevent runs.

May 17, 2016 10:58 PM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: Makes first start with Triple-A Round Rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lose made his first start at Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

Lohse is expected to provide a veteran swing-man option with Texas once he gets some innings under his belt in the minors, but he'll have to bide time waiting for injury before getting any sort of look in the rotation.

May 14, 2016 08:46 PM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: To report to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse will report to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday and will be activated shortly thereafter, Rangers VP of Communications John Blake reports.

Lohse was inked to a minor league deal Friday after throwing in a showcase earlier in May. He's set to join the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate Sunday and will likely be inserted into the rotation during the week.

May 13, 2016 08:54 PM
Rangers' Kyle Lohse: Joins Rangers on minor-league deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lohse agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Lohse threw for teams last week in California, and ultimately ended up joining the Rangers after spending the last three seasons with the Brewers. On a minor league contract Lohse will not immediately join the big club, but he figures to be an option for the Rangers once he has a few outings under his belt.

August 22, 2015 12:30 AM
Brewers' Kyle Lohse gets first save of career in blowout win
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse picked up his first-career save in Friday's 10-3 win over the Nationals. Lohse pitched three innings, allowing two walks and a Michael Taylor solo home run along the way. 

Lohse was moved to the bullpen earlier this month after struggling for much of the season. 

August 9, 2015 04:00 PM
Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse to remain in bullpen
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

With the Brewers unable to find a taker for pitcher Kyle Lohse, the team will continue to use Lohse as a multi-inning reliever, reports MLB.com.

"For most guys, if you pitch two innings, you won't pitch the next day," manager Craig Counsell said. "And with Kyle at first, I think we'll have to go a little slowly, and then hopefully he gets into a routine and we can use him a little more."

Lohse was recently placed on waivers, but no team was willing to claim him. Lohse has a 6.21 ERA over 126 innings this season.

August 7, 2015 02:50 PM
Brewers to place SP Kyle Lohse on waivers
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

The Brewers will place starting pitcher Kyle Lohse on waivers, according to USA Today.

Lohse was dropped from the rotation and moved into the bullpen recently. He has struggled all season, compiling a 5-13 record with a 6.31 ERA.

August 6, 2015 02:30 PM
Brewers shift Kyle Lohse from rotation to bullpen
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Brewers have decided to remove Kyle Lohse from the rotation and shift him to the bullpen, according to MLB.com. Tyler Cravy will take Lohse's spot in the rotation Friday against the Cardinals.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Kyle has done as a major-league player, for what he's done as a Brewer," manager Craig Counsell said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "You don't want it to happen like this. But it was time that we think it has to be done.

"When you trade four players in 24 hours, it changed things. This is another step that's reflective of that."

The veteran right-hander Lohse has struggled all season, compiling a 5-13 record and 6.31 ERA through 22 starts. He is winless in his last five starts, going 0-4 with a 6.58 ERA in that span.

While Lohse has mostly been a starter in his MLB career, he does have some bullpen experience. He is 1-1 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 24 career relief appearances.

"(The bullpen) is where I'll be residing for the time being, so we'll see what the options are," Lohse said. "All of that stuff is out of my hands. They've been good to me, stuck with me during a pretty tough year and gave me the opportunity to go out there every five days.

"It just didn't work out so we'll see what happens from here. There's all kinds of possibilities. We did talk about some options but I can't really talk about that right now until certain things happen. It's hang tight and I'll be in the bullpen for now."

August 3, 2015 06:40 PM
Counsell: Kyle Lohse scheduled to start Friday vs. Cardinals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse remains on track to start Friday against the Cardinals, manager Craig Counsell told reporters Monday. Counsell indicated Sunday that Lohse's spot in the rotation was in jeopardy following a third straight loss. 

The veteran right-hander has struggled all season, compiling a 5-13 record and 6.31 ERA through 22 starts. He is winless in his last five starts, going 0-4 with a 6.58 ERA in that span.

August 2, 2015 10:30 PM
Brewers not sure of Kyle Lohse's rotation spot
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation, manager Craig Counsell said on Sunday. 

Lohse is 5-13 with a 6.31 ERA after Sunday's loss.

"He was in a lot of trouble all day," Counsell said, per MLB.com. "There was trouble pretty much every inning and it was big trouble. He struggled today and we need better from him."

"We have to discuss that in the next few days," Counsell said of Lohse's status in the rotation.

Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
1997R-Cubs
1998A-Rockford
1999AA-New Britain
1999A-Daytona
1999A-Fort Myers
2000AA-New Britain
2001AA-New Britain
2001AAA-Edmonton
2006AAA-Rochester
2009AAA-Memphis
2009AA-Springfield
2010AAA-Memphis Redbirds
2010AA-Springfield Cardinal