Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse was outstanding in his debut with the team in an exhibition game Thursday afternoon against the Colorado Rockies. There is no question Lohse is ready to make his first start of the regular season sooner rather than later.
Lohse allowed one earned run on four hits and struck out two batters in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander recorded the win as Milwaukee went on to defeat Colorado 6-2 in their last Cactus League game of the spring.
“It felt good,” Lohse told Brewers.com after tossing 54 pitches in his debut. “I was excited to get out there and get some Spring Training action. I was just trying to throw strikes and get back in the groove I’m normally in. I felt like it was a good workout. I’m just getting a feel for my pitches like I normally do. I felt like I could’ve kept going, but like they said, it didn’t make any sense. I’ll see how I feel tomorrow and then take it from there.”
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke believes Lohse is ready to make his regular season start. However, he also made it clear that the veteran will not appear in the opening three-game series against the Rockies. The reason behind this is because Milwaukee wants Lohse to rest his arm a bit before rushing him back onto the mound. A more speculated reason is that Roenicke does not want Colorado getting another shot at Lohse after just seeing him pitch.
This means that the 34-year-old will not make his regular season debut with the Brewers until the weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. One has to assume he will start on Friday, but it would not be unrealistic to believe that Roenicke would keep him out of the lineup one more day. The good news is fans in Milwaukee will get to see Lohse make his first start with the Brewers in person as opposed to watching it on television.
Regardless of when Lohse does make his first appearance of the regular season, it is comforting to know that he is clearly ready to take the mound.