Lohse in “wait and see” mode

By noon on Thursday, Kyle Lohse had already received two rounds of treatment on a sore right ankle. He remained non-committal about making his next scheduled start on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. 

“I’ve had two rounds already this morning, but we kind of have to wait and see,” Lohse said. “We have to figure out how to make sure I can do what I need to do without aggravating it. There’s not really anything I can say right now about what’s going to happen.” 

Because of an off-day preceding Lohse’s start, the Brewers could simply skip his turn and keep the rest of their starting pitchers on schedule.

Asked about that scenario, Lohse pointed toward the manager’s office and said, “That’s up to them. I’ll take the ball when I can. Right now, I don’t know when that will be, so we’ll see. It’s still five days away. I’m sure they’re already thinking about it, you guys [reporters] are already thinking about it. I’m just trying to think about what I need to do to try to get ready to take the ball the next time I’m on the hill, whenever that is.” 

Was it pretty sore on Thursday morning?

“Yeah, Lohse said with a sigh. “Yeah. It’s weird, because it’s not like a roll or a sprain that’s a big, blow-out thing. It’s where, when I’m pushing off, it’s affecting what I’m trying to do. It’s just one of those things where you can’t repeat your mechanics because you can’t get your balance, you can’t push off. You don’t want it to lead to something else. I was fighting it the whole time last night, and made it worse when I tried to check a swing. I don’t even know what happened. I didn’t look to see what exactly it looked like, but it didn’t feel good. I thought I could go and keep battling it out, but it wasn’t smart to keep going like that. …

“It’s just frustrating, because it doesn’t feel that bad. It’s just an annoying thing. It’s just not right. That’s all I can say right now.” 

He indicated he had yet to undergo an x-ray or MRI on the ankle. 

“That’s probably my fault because I was trying to push it,” Lohse said. “It’s probably my fault because I was telling them I’m good. I’ll be a little smarter this time.”

And here’s what Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had to say: 

“He’s sore today,” Roenicke said. “We’ll probably have to go here the next couple of days and see. He’s got to get a lot better. I hate to put him out there again if that thing is going to still bother him. Then you worry about the next start after it. We do have an off day — he was supposed to pitch Tuesday — so we could adjust it if it’s still sore.”

Roenicke’s primary concern is that an injury, even a minor one, will affect a player’s mechanics. 

“Always is,” he said. “Hitters do the same thing, and sometimes, well probably most of the time, when a hitter goes into a bad slump, it’s because of some injury changes his mechanics, and even when he gets well the mechanics are different, and all of a sudden he’s in trouble.

“You know, Kyle’s obviously very important to us the rest of the season. We can’t have him going out there if he’s going to scuffle with the physical part of it, and if we can skip him, which we can with this day off, then it may be the way to go. But I haven’t really talked to him about it, so we’ll see how he’s doing here in the next couple days.”

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