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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Kyle Lohse exits with ankle problem

By on 8/14/2014 08:30:00 AM

First place Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse left Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs after "tweaking" his right ankle in his third-innning at-bat, reports Adam McCalvy of (video here and below). It is not clear if he will make his next start.

Lohse threw 55 pitches in three innings, allowing seven hits and four runs (including two homers). The loss puts the Brewers 1.5 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates and two games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in a tight NL Central race.

Including Wednesday's game Lohse is 11-7 with an ERA of 3.25 in 25 starts, but he has been less effective recently, with a 3-5 record and a 4.21 ERA. According to McCalvy his ankle problems began in a start against St. Louis August 2 when he went only four innings and allowed seven runs.

The 35-year-old righty is in his fourteenth major league season. Originally drafted in the 29th round by the Chicago Cubs in 1996,  he was traded in May 1999 while still a minor-leaguer with Jason Ryan to the Minnesota Twins for Rick Aguilera and Scott Downs. He made his debut for the Twins on June 22, 2001, and spent the next six seasons in Minnesota until he was traded at the July 2006 deadline to the Cincinnate Reds for a minor leaguer. At the July 2007 deadline the Reds traded him to the Phillies for Matt Maloney. As a free agent after the 2007 season, Loshe signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.

In nine years with National League teams (Reds, Phillies, Cards, Brewers) Lohse has posted an 80-60 record with a 3.91 ERA. In 2012, for the NL Central Champion Cardinals, he garnered Cy Young votes for his 16-3 record, making 33 starts (211 innings) with a 2.86 ERA. He and the Cards lost Game 7 of the NLCS to the San Francisco Giants as Lohse allowed five runs and was removed in the third inning.

Lohse declined the Qualifying Offer made him by the Cardinals after the 2012 season and on March 25, 2013, just before the start of Spring Training, he signed a three-year $33 million contract with the Brewers that takes him though 2015.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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