Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse left his start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs after tweaking his right ankle and his status for his next scheduled start on Tuesday at Miller Park against the Toronto Blue Jays is up in the air.
The Brewers do have the luxury of an off-day the Monday before Lohse is scheduled to pitch and could simply elect to skip his turn and keep the rest of the rotation on regular rest.
According to MLB.com, Lohse had two rounds of treatment on the ankle Thursday morning.
“He’s got to get a lot better,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “I hate to put him out there again if that thing is going to still bother him. Then you worry about the next start after it. We do have an off-day—he was supposed to pitch Tuesday—so we could adjust it if it’s still sore.”
Lohse has been dealing with the injury for a couple of weeks, since he rolled it chasing an errant throw in St. Louis on Aug. 2. He made a mechanical change to compensate for it in his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, but aggravated the ankle during his at-bat in the third inning Wednesday in Chicago.
Lohse admitted it was sore Thursday.
“It’s weird, because it’s not like a roll or a sprain that’s a big, blowout thing. It’s where, when I’m pushing off, it’s affecting what I’m trying to do. It’s just one of those things where you can’t repeat your mechanics because you can’t get your balance, you can’t push off.
“You don’t want it to lead to something else. I was fighting it the whole time (Wednesday) night and made it worse when I tried to check a swing. I don’t even know what happened. I didn’t look to see what exactly it looked like, but it didn’t feel good.”
While everyone agrees the injury is minor, Roenicke’s concern is that a minor injury for a pitcher can lead to major mechanical problems.
Lohse is 11-7 in 25 starts this season with a 3.49 ERA and 1.184 WHIP in 159.2 innings.