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.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.