The Milwaukee Brewers are having one of the worst months of baseball in recent memory. The team has only won four of their last 20 games with no sign of improvement in sight. Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse will miss his next start with elbow soreness, and the Brewers simply cannot afford him to miss more than one game.
Lohse underwent an MRI, which revealed no structural damage in his right elbow. However, that does not mean he will avoid the disabled list all together. If the discomfort continues in his outing next week then the team may have no choice but to rest him for 15 days. He will miss Saturday’s start for now with the hope of everything returning to form.
“The way it was going with the muscle and the spots where it’s at, you don’t want to mess around too much with it,” Lohse said, according to Brewers.com. “You’re playing with fire if you keep dealing with that issue. We all came to the conclusion that it’s the best thing to do. Just get it to calm down for one start and get back out there.”
Obviously, with the team playing as bad as they are there really is no wiggle room. Losing Lohse for multiple games could be the crushing blow that appears to be just hovering over Milwaukee’s head. With that being said, only missing a couple of starts would be a good situation in the big scheme of things. The last thing the Brewers need is Lohse’s elbow to be in serious trouble, especially after he signed a three-year, $33 million deal before the start of the season.
Starting for Lohse on Saturday will be Mike Fiers. The right-hander has only made one start this season in which he allowed six earned runs on nine hits in five innings on April 6. Overall, he is 1-2 with a 5.93 earned run average and five strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. The good news is this is most likely his last chance to prove that he can handle the starting role, which means Milwaukee could get a top-notch performance out of him.