The Milwaukee Brewers announced Saturday they will skip right-hander Kyle Lohse’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, which would have been Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lohse has been bothered for a couple of weeks by a sore ankle and according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, the Brewers have some flexibility with the rotation because of off days on both Monday and Thursday next week.
“I’m not exactly sure where [Lohse] goes back in,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “It will really depend on how the ankle is and where we see that he’s close to 100 percent. He probably won’t be 100 percent because once you sprain it—but we want to get him to the point where we’re comfortable with putting him out there.”
Lohse rolled the ankle Aug. 2 in a start in St. Louis and aggravated it trying to check a swing Wednesday in Chicago. In between, he made two starts during which he couldn’t properly push off the mound.
“We have been having him go back out there and he hasn’t felt right,” Roenicke said. “So I want him to pitch well, too. I want to give him the best chance to perform well. He wants to be out there to help us, but we need him to pitch the kind of games that we’re used to seeing him pitch. If we keep pushing him, putting him out there, we’re not going to get the real guy.”
Right-hander Mike Fiers, who pitched six scoreless innings Thursday against the Cubs, will start Tuesday in place of Lohse on regular rest because of Monday’s off day. Jimmy Nelson will go on Wednesday against the Blue Jays before Milwaukee takes another day off Thursday.
Meanwhile, injured right-hander Matt Garza played catch Friday, the first time he’s thrown since straining his left rib cage on Aug. 3 at St. Louis.
“We wanted him to be without any pain before we started,” pitching coach Rick Kranitz said. “There’s really no sense in doing it any other way. … It shouldn’t take him as long, because he’s only been down [a short time] and he keeps in good shape.”
Roenicke said that a plan for Garza’s return could begin to take shape Saturday after Garza is re-evaluated following the throwing session.