Kyle Lohse Outstanding In Memphis Rehab Stint, Could Start Sunday

Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse continues to recover from a rare fascial release surgery.

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Kyle Lohse Outstanding In Memphis Rehab Debut

Rehabbing Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse turned in his best start of the season Tuesday night—for AAA Memphis.

Lohse, trying to return from a rare injury called extreme compartmental syndrome, threw seven innings and struck out nine batters against just two walks and three hits. With Jeff Suppan on the disabled list following a groin injury, Lohse might get a chance to make his first Major League start since May on Sunday, against the Chicago Cubs.

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Kyle Lohse's First Rehab Start A Success

Kyle Lohse’s first rehab start at AAA Memphis Monday was a qualified success; the St. Louis Cardinals, meanwhile, will take any kind of success from their starting pitchers. The starter threw three innings and, according to Rotoworld, hit the low nineties with his fastball.

Lohse will make one to two more rehab starts before rejoining the Cardinals’ beleaguered rotation.

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Kyle Lohse Looks Toward Rehab Stint

At the mothership, euphoniously named beat writers Matthew Leach and Michael Bleach suggest injured starter Kyle Lohse may start a rehab assignment within two weeks.

“If I’m facing hitters on Wednesday, if that goes well, then the next step is to try to look at when I could get a rehab start in,” Lohse said. “That’s down the road. I’ve still got to make it through the next couple days.”

Lohse’s first throw was Saturday. After only one day off, he took the mound again on Monday, and was thrilled with the results. He once again threw approximately 50 pitches in the bullpen at Busch Stadium, reporting delight with the movement on both his fastball and his offspeed offerings.

On the return timetable Lohse appears to have moved well ahead of Brad Penny, who hasn’t pitched since a late-May grand slam took him out of action for what was expected to be just two weeks.

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Kyle Lohse To Throw A Bullpen Session Thursday

B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest has broken an update on the Kyle Lohse situation via Twitter:

Kyle Lohse will throw a bullpen on Saturday, his first throws from a mound in nearly two months.

Placed on the 60-Day Disabled List to free up space on the 40-man roster, Lohse is ineligible to rejoin the Cardinals until late July.

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Kyle Lohse Plays Catch In Rehab Effort

Jim Rodenbush of the Globe-Democrat reports that on a night when Brad Penny began to throw off a mound again, Kyle Lohse took his first steps off the 60-day disabled list

Lohse, who continues to recovery from surgery to his right forearm, threw for the first time Monday. The right-hander played catch at a distance of about 90 feet.

"What I really want is to see what my limits are, but you have to be cautious with it," he said. "You take a step and see how you feel. Baby steps."

Lohse was placed on the 60-day disabled list in late May to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Randy Winn, and as a result he won't be eligible to return to the Cardinals' active roster until the end of July. But his surgery, an exceedingly rare one for a pitcher, appears to be a tentative success. 

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Lohse Underwent 'Fascial Release' Surgery Friday

Kyle Lohse had surgery Friday on his right forearm in Los Angeles, hoping to correct the “extreme compartmental syndrome” he was diagnosed with earlier this week.

Dr. Steven Shin, the same surgeon who performed Brendan Ryan’s late-offseason wrist surgery, operated on Lohse.

The right-handed pitcher had been bothered by lingering discomfort in his forearm since first injuring himself when he was hit by a pitch in May 2009.
The Cardinals did not announce any timetable for Lohse’s return to baseball, but according to a statement from the club, he will begin physical therapy in about one week.

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