Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse is expected to make his next scheduled start despite exiting Monday night’s contest early with a dislocated pinky.
The right-hander suffered the injury in the sixth inning of Milwaukee’s 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. With Alex Gonzalez on first base with no outs, manager Ron Roenicke sent Lohse to the plate to bunt. The 34-year-old got the bunt down, but the Padres were able to throw Gonzalez out at second. Lohse hustled down the line and made contact with second baseman Jedd Gyorko when he was running past him. That contact is what caused his pinky to get dislocated.
Considering Lohse had only tossed 71 pitches in the game, Roenicke absolutely made the right decision to allow the veteran starter to bat so he could continue pitching. It was just an unfortunate accident that does not appear to have any repercussions at the moment, with the exception of Lohse being in a little pain.
“I’ve done it before, but this time it just wouldn’t go back in,” Lohse told Brewers.com. “I tried out there immediately because I knew what happened. … It wasn’t going back in, so they had to numb it up.”
Even though Lohse had to leave the game earlier than he wanted, he has to be thrilled about his first win with the Brewers. Milwaukee was able to give him the run support he has longed for since joining the team by scoring five runs in the first inning. It was a great victory that added to the impressive eight-game win streak.