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Cardinals place pitcher Lohse on disabled list

Sunday, June 7, 2009 | 8:36 p.m. CDT
Kyle Lohse, 4-4 with a 3.99 ERA, was hit by a pitch last month and skipped a turn to let the swelling go down. He aggravated the injury Wednesday night on a diving stop of Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto's bunt single.

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career Friday with a forearm injury after he had to leave his latest start early.

"It was a good run," said Lohse, in his ninth season. "You hate to go out on something like that. I've just got to make sure it gets back better than it was before, I guess."

The Cardinals are going with 12 pitchers for the time being, with infielder Tyler Greene recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Manager Tony La Russa has been carrying 13 pitchers for weeks, preferring a rested bullpen over a fifth bench player, but the Cardinals got a complete game from Chris Carpenter on Thursday.

Lohse, 4-4 with a 3.99 ERA, was hit by a pitch last month and skipped a turn to let the swelling go down. He aggravated the injury Wednesday night on a diving stop of Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto's bunt single to open the third inning and left with a 3-1 count on Jerry Hairston Jr., the next hitter.

Lohse said he aggravated the injury making an awkward throw to first rather than the dive.

"I threw sideways laying on my stomach, pretty much as hard as I could," Lohse said. "It was just one of those instinct things, you try to make the play. I knew as soon as I did it, it just wasn't there."

La Russa was hopeful Lohse would be ready to return in 15 days. The move was retroactive to Thursday.

Brad Thompson, who made his first start Wednesday when Joel Pineiro's turn was skipped due to back spasms, will fill Lohse's next slot Monday against the Rockies. Pineiro said Friday he expected to make his next start Sunday.

Lohse was originally hurt May 23 when he squared around to bunt and was hit by a pitch by the Kansas City Royals' Ron Mahay. Lohse threw eight scoreless innings in that game, but then missed his next start due to numbness and a burning sensation in the forearm.

This is the second callup for Greene, a first-round pick in 2005 batting .263 with two homers and four RBIs. He was batting a team-leading .316 at Memphis with 32 games at shortstop.

La Russa said Greene took a positive attitude back to Triple-A when he was optioned on May 24 to make room for outfielder Rick Ankiel, who was activated from the DL.

"There's no explanations and you can't get caught up in it because in the end, you're the only one that's going to get hurt from it," Greene said. "If you do what you're supposed to do, you'll get back to where you were."

 


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