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.