Kyle Lohse underwent surgery “fascial release surgery” of his right forearm in Los Angeles on Friday, according to a team press release.
Lohse complained of forearm discomfort following last Saturday’s start and was diagnosed with “exertional compartment syndrome” earlier this week, a rare condition in which the sheath covering a muscle fails to
allow it to expand. I’m not going to pretend I know what that means, so let’s just move on.
Lohse will begin physical therapy in a week, but because of the unique nature of the condition, there’s no clear indication of when he’ll be able to return to the mound. Eariler this week, sources told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Lohse could possibly miss the rest of the season, while Cardinals manager Tony La Russa provided Matthew Leach of MLB.com with a slightly more optimistic estimate.
“This is supposed to be a new and different kind of deal, but I was told
with the length of time we’re dealing with, it should be before
August,” manager Tony La Russa said.
Lohse, 31, is 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA through his first nine starts this season.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.