The news was good for a pair of injured Milwaukee Brewers starting pitchers Tuesday.
Lohse’s scheduled start Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays was skipped after he left his last outing in Chicago on Wednesday with pain in his ankle. Lohse originally sprained the ankle Aug. 2 in St. Louis and made two additional starts by modifying his mechanics.
The Brewers had an off-day Monday and another Thursday, allowing them to work with a four-man rotation through next Monday’s series opener against the Padres.
“We want to make sure that he’s right,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “We know that to get this done, we have to have him at full strength.”
Right-hander Matt Garza’s return is a little more complicated. Out since Aug. 3 with a rib-cage strain, Garza long-tossed on Monday and Tuesday with positive results. It’s still being debated whether Garza will go out for a rehab start in the minors.
“We’ve talked about it,” Roenicke said. “He may. It’s either that or a simulated game. We want to see how everything works out, schedule-wise, and what’s best to do at that point.
“We’re a little bit fortunate that if it’s September, which we’re thinking it is, we don’t have to have him go a certain length to really be important like you would normally because you’d burn up your bullpen. If we have some extra arms, we feel if he goes three innings, he goes three innings. Wherever we need him to go.”
Meanwhile, right-hander Jim Henderson underwent surgery Tuesday to clean up the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
It’s Henderson’s second surgery on the shoulder, the first coming while he was with the Chicago Cubs organization in 2008.
Henderson, who will be 32 in October, could still be an effective bullpen option for the Brewers in 2015 if he can find his velocity.